Cocculus Indicus

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cocculus Indicus (Bot) The fruit or berry of the Anamirta Cocculus, a climbing plant of the East Indies. It is a poisonous narcotic and stimulant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cocculus Indicus a drug consisting of the dried fruit of Anamirta cocculus, having narcotic and poisonous properties—yielding picrotoxin
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. cocculus,dim. of L. coccum, kermes berry) + L. Indicus, of India
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kokkos, a berry.

Usage

In literature:

Tincture of cocculus indicus, pure or diluted, may also be applied with good results.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Cocculus indicus contains picrotoxin, which is an "acrid narcotic poison;" from five to ten grains will kill a strong dog.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
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