nux vomica

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nux vomica a medicine made from the seeds of an Asiatic tree; contains strychnine and brucine; formerly used as a stimulant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nux vomica The seed of Strychnos Nuxvomica, a tree which abounds on the Malabar and Coromandel coasts of the East Indies. From this seed the deadly poisons known as strychnine and brucine are obtained. The seeds are sometimes called Quaker buttons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nux vomica nuks vom′ik-a, the seed of an East Indian tree, from which the powerful poison known as strychnine is obtained.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. nux, a nut + vomere, to vomit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. nux, a nut, vomicus, from vomĕre, to vomit.

Usage

In literature:

To these were added great numbers of the fruit which yields a variety of the nux vomica, from which we derive that virulent poison strychnia.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Its principal ingredient is derived from the Strychnos toxifera tree, which yields also the drug nux vomica.
"The Silent Bullet" by Arthur B. Reeve
China and Nux vomica; Pulsatilla for women, and Chamomilla for children.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
She maintained that he would grow out of it, and recommended nux vomica.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
Nux Vomica from Malabar.
"The Story of Geographical Discovery" by Joseph Jacobs
Newspapers, nuts, an' nux vomica ar-re free.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
Strychnos Nux-vomica is common; Congea tomentosa, Engelhardtia, etc.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Opium, tobacco, nux vomica, and extract of poppies, have also been used.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
Nux Vomica, four ounces; Pulv.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Hannaford had been there that afternoon buying nux vomica.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
A dose of nux vomica for you.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
For eight days give the following mixture: Reduced iron, 3 ounces; powdered nux vomica, 1 ounce.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Take Quevenne's powdered metallic iron, forty grains; rhubarb, twenty grains; extract of nux vomica, one grain.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Strychnos nux vomica, ii.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Nux vomica or strychnia (1 to 2 grain doses) may be given.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Powdered nux vomica A quarter of a grain to one grain.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Sixty drops of the tincture of nux vomica is put in two gallons of the drinking water twice a week, during the molting season.
"Profitable Squab Breeding" by Carl Dare
Within a few months his relative died, poisoned with nux vomica, and Wainewright came into possession of his property.
"The Bath Road" by Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
Nux vomica was also a valuable remedy.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXVII.--No. 2. [New Series.], July 14, 1877" by Various
Iron tonics, cod liver oil, nux vomica, etc., may be given, and sometimes prove effectual.
"A Manual of Toy Dogs" by Mrs. Leslie Williams
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