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1. Any of various usually poisonous perennial herbs of the genus Aconitum in the buttercup family, having tuberous roots, palmately lobed leaves, and blue, purple, or white flowers with a large hoodlike upper sepal.
2. The dried leaves and roots of some of these plants, which yield a poisonous alkaloid that was formerly used medicinally. In both senses also called monkshood, wolfsbane.

[French aconit, from Latin aconītum, from Greek akonīton, perhaps from neuter sing. of akonītos, without dust or struggle : a-, without; see a-1 + konis, dust.]


(ˈækəˌnaɪt) or


1. (Plants) any of various N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, such as monkshood and wolfsbane, many of which are poisonous. Compare winter aconite
2. (Pharmacology) the dried poisonous root of many of these plants, sometimes used as an antipyretic
[C16: via Old French or Latin from Greek akoniton aconite, monkshood]
aconitic adj


(ˈæk əˌnaɪt)

any plant belonging to the genus Aconitum, of the buttercup family, having irregular flowers usu. in loose clusters, including species with poisonous and medicinal properties. Compare monkshood, wolfsbane.
[1570–80; < Latin aconītum < Greek akónīton]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aconite - any of various usually poisonous plants of the genus Aconitum having tuberous roots and palmately lobed leaves and blue or white flowersaconite - any of various usually poisonous plants of the genus Aconitum having tuberous roots and palmately lobed leaves and blue or white flowers
Aconitum, genus Aconitum - genus of poisonous plants of temperate regions of northern hemisphere with a vaulted and enlarged petal
Aconitum napellus, helmet flower, monkshood, helmetflower - a poisonous herb native to northern Europe having hooded blue-purple flowers; the dried leaves and roots yield aconite
Aconitum lycoctonum, wolfbane, wolf's bane, wolfsbane - poisonous Eurasian perennial herb with broad rounded leaves and yellow flowers and fibrous rootstock
poisonous plant - a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism


[ˈækənaɪt] Nacónito m


n (Bot) → Eisenhut m, → Aconitum nt; (= drug)Aconitin nt
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