wolfs·​bane ˈwu̇lfs-ˌbān How to pronounce wolfsbane (audio)
: any of several monkshoods (especially Aconitum napellus or A. lycoctonum)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While there were many poisons in the Merovingian arsenal, there were only two that could kill on contact: wolfsbane and snake venom. Shelley Puhak, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 Turns out, Joe had figured out what Love had been growing in the garden all along (wolfsbane) and had kept some of it on hand. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 20 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wolfsbane was in 1548

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“Wolfsbane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolfsbane. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


wolfs·​bane ˈwu̇lfs-ˌbān How to pronounce wolfsbane (audio)
: a plant of the genus Aconitum
especially : a monkshood (A. napellus) that is the source of the drug aconite

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