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Aconite \Ac"o*nite\, n. [L. aconitum, Gr. ?: cf. F. aconit.]

  1. (Bot.) The herb wolfsbane, or monkshood; -- applied to any plant of the genus Aconitum (tribe Hellebore), all the species of which are poisonous.

  2. An extract or tincture obtained from Aconitum napellus, used as a poison and medicinally.

    Winter aconite, a plant ( Eranthis hyemalis) allied to the aconites. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

poisonous plant (also known as monkshood and wolf's bane), 1570s, from French aconit, from Latin aconitum, from Greek akoniton, which is of unknown origin.


n. 1 The herb wolfsbane, or monkshood; any plant of the genus ''Aconitum'', all the species of which are poisonous. 2 (context poison English) An extract or tincture obtained from (taxlink Aconitum napellus species noshow=1), used as a poison and medicinally.


n. any of various usually poisonous plants of the genus Aconitum having tuberous roots and palmately lobed leaves and blue or white flowers


Aconite may refer to:

  • Aconitum, a plant genus containing the monkshoods
  • Aconitine, a toxin derived from some of the Aconitum genus plants
  • Winter aconite, a plant in the genus Eranthis

Usage examples of "aconite".

They comprise prussic acid, dilute solution of oxalic acid and oxalates, aconite, digitalis, strophanthus, convallaria, and tobacco.

Assisted by a number of other persons in good health, he experimented on the effects of cinchona, aconite, sulphur, arnica, and the other most highly extolled remedies.

Rummel, a well-known writer of the same school, speaks of curing a case of jaundice in thirty-four days by Homoeopathic doses of pulsatilla, aconite, and cinchona.

A case is reported on the page before me of a soldier affected with acute inflammation in the chest, who took successively aconite, bryonia, nux vomica, and pulsatilla, and after thirty-eight days of treatment remained without any important change in his disease.

It deserves notice that he experimented with the most boasted substances,-- cinchona, aconite, mercury, bryonia, belladonna.

And more than this, read nine of these cases, which he has published, as I have just done, and observe the absolute nullity of aconite, belladonna, and bryonia, against the symptoms over which they are pretended to exert such palpable, such obvious, such astonishing influences.

In a report of a poisoning case now on trial, where we are told that arsenic enough was found in the stomach to produce death in twenty-four hours, the patient is said to have been treated by arsenic, phosphorus, bryonia, aconite, nux vomica, and muriatic acid,--by a practitioner of what school it may be imagined.

And that name was an ambivalent one at best: Aconin was counted one of the best male playwrights in the city, but he was also known as Aconite for his merciless pen.

V With shudders chill as aconite, The couchant chewer of the cud Will start at times in pussy fright Before the dogs, when reads her sprite The streaks predicting streams of blood.

I petitioned for a cup of chill aconite, My descent to awful Hades had been soft, for now must I go With the curse by father Zeus cast on ambition immoderate.

An excellent poison can be swiftly produced under field conditions by boiling two baskets of oleander leaves, distilling the essence, and adding three ounces of dried aconite tubers.

Lizzie who sat patiently on a stile, holding the bunch of green-veined snow-drops and yellow aconites she had gathered as they wandered.

Early snowdrops showed their little white bonnets under a tree, and yellow aconites wore their pretty green frills just beside them.

Our favorite mode of administering both veratrum and aconite is to add ten drops of the tincture to ten or fifteen teaspoonfuls of water, of which one teaspoonful may be administered every hour.

During the height of the fever, tincture of aconite maybe given and an alkaline sponge-bath administered with advantage.