• WordNet 3.6
    • n aconite any of various usually poisonous plants of the genus Aconitum having tuberous roots and palmately lobed leaves and blue or white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aconite An extract or tincture obtained from Aconitum napellus, used as a poison and medicinally.
    • Aconite (Bot) The herb wolfsbane, or monkshood; -- applied to any plant of the genus Aconitumtribe Hellebore), all the species of which are poisonous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aconite The plant wolf's-bane or monk's-hood, Aconitum Napellus. It is used in medicine, especially in cases of fever and neuralgia. See Aconitum. Nepâl aconite consists of the roots of A. ferox and probably other species indigenous in the Himalayas; it is also called bikh, bish, and bisk. Winter aconite is a ranunculaceous plant, Eranthis hiemalis, a native of Italy, and one of the earliest spring flowers.
    • n aconite An extract or tincture of this plant, used as a poison and as a medicine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aconite ak′o-nīt the plant wolf's-bane or monk's-hood: poison
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aconitum, Gr. : cf. F. aconit,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aconitum—Gr. akoniton.


In literature:

Du persil, de l'eau de l'Aconite, des feuilles de Peuple, et de la suye.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
The Aconite, which Mr Churchyard used to call 'New Year's Gift,' has been out in my Garden for this fortnight past.
"Two Suffolk Friends" by Francis Hindes Groome
There was the awesome efficiency of wolfsbane with its deadly store of aconite.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Aconite must be avoided if our treatment is to be effective.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Aconite is given for fever and rheumatism, and a rough kind of massage is used to allay pain in the muscles of limbs.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
This was followed with a few doses of Fleming's tincture of aconite, ten drops in a little water, every few hours.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Another and oftentimes fatal mistake made by the nonprofessional is the indiscriminate and reckless use of aconite.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Aconite, digitalis, and the commoner varieties of toxins lie dormant in the producing plant.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Il y cultivoit des poisons, tels que l'aconit et la cigue, qu'il envoyoit quelque fois en present a ses amis.
"On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening," by Samuel Felton
Aconite 5 drops, Tinc.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
For children one-half drop doses of the (poisonous) tincture of aconite is preferable to phenacetin.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Instead of the verdure of pleasing herbage, there sprang up to sight hemlock, aconite, and other baneful plants.
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various
Far more useful, in neuralgias generally, is the external application of aconite or of veratrine.
"Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it" by Francis E. Anstie
Aconite, veratrum viride, chloral, etc.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Aconite I can take, but I do just hate oil.
"Daisy" by Miranda Eliot Swan
The poison is extracted from aconite roots mixed with other ingredients.
"Alone with the Hairy Ainu" by A. H. Savage Landor
Thyme, wild flax, and aconite blossomed in the crevices.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 120, October, 1867." by Various
Who would aconite think to get From the fragrant violet?
"The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume II (of 2)" by Richard Crashaw
The winter aconites are out along the hedge.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Digitalis, veratrum viride, and aconite were used by us quite freely as antipyretics.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

When suddenly, with smile so bright,
Up sprang a Winter Aconite,
And to the Master joyfully
She cried: "I will the witness be".
"The Witness" by Fay Inchfawn
Death walks through the mind's dark woods,
Beautiful as aconite,
A lily-flower in his pale hand
And eyes like moonstones burning bright.
"Poem - II" by Henry Treece
First the aconite dots the mould
With little round cannon-balls of gold;
Then, to help in the winter's rout,
Regiments of crocuses march out.
"The Champion" by Edith Nesbit
Look out, Persephone!
You, Madame Ceres, mind yourself, the enemy is upon you.
About your feet spontaneous aconite,
Hell-glamorous, and purple husband-tyranny
Enveloping your late-enfranchised plains.
"Purple Anemones" by D H Lawrence
Stinking'st of the stinking kind,
Filth of the mouth and fog of the mind,
Africa, that brags her foyson,
Breeds no such prodigious poison,
Henbane, nightshade, both together,
Hemlock, aconite ———
"A Farewell To Tobacco" by Charles Lamb
And such is man. A soil which breeds
Or sweetest flowers or vilest weeds;
Flowers lovely as the morning's light,
Weeds deadly as the aconite;
Just as his heart is train'd to bear
The pois'nous weed, or flow'ret fair.
"Blessings of Instruction" by John Bowring

In news:

As of March 14 the landscape features eight different types of crocuses , three iris varieties, three kinds of daffodils, spring meadow saffron, snowdrops, winter aconite, and pasque flower in bloom.