monks·​hood | \ ˈməŋ(k)s-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce monkshood (audio) \

Definition of monkshood

: any of a genus (Aconitum) of usually bluish flowered poisonous herbs of the buttercup family especially : a poisonous Eurasian herb (A. napellus) often cultivated for its showy terminal racemes of white or purplish flowers — compare wolfsbane

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Recent Examples on the Web In the next few weeks, visitors can expect to see monkshood, delphiniums, mock orange and comfrey blooming. Anchorage Daily News, 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of monkshood

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Monkshood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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monks·​hood | \ ˈməŋ(k)s-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce monkshood (audio) \

Medical Definition of monkshood

: any plant of the genus Aconitum especially : a Eurasian herb (A. napellus) often cultivated for its showy white or purplish flowers that is extremely poisonous in all its parts — see aconite sense 2

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