vasicine

noun
vas·​i·​cine | \ ˈvasəˌsēn, -azə- \
plural -s

Definition of vasicine

: a crystalline alkaloid C11H12N2O that is found in the leaves of the Malabar nut and seeds of the harmal and is thought to poison lower plants and animals but not higher animals

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History and Etymology for vasicine

International Scientific Vocabulary vasic- (from New Latin vasica —specific epithet of the Malabar nut Adhatoda vasica —, from Sanskrit vāsikā, vāsaka Malabar nut, from vāsayati it perfumes, makes fragrant) + -ine

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“Vasicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vasicine. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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