monkshood definition

  • noun:
    • See aconite.
    • A slender, erect, poisonous perennial natural herb (Aconitum napellus) indigenous to northern European countries, having violet flowers and whose dried leaves and roots yield aconite.
    • Any of various toxic flowers, for the genus Aconitum, with blue or white blossoms in the shape of a hood
    • The dried leaves or blossoms among these plants formerly utilized as a source of medicinal alkaloids
    • A plant of the genus Aconitum; aconite. See aconite.
    • A plant associated with the genus Aconitum, specially A. Napellus. Also referred to as friar's-cap, foxbane, helmet-flower, Jacob's-chariot, and wolf's-bane. See Aconitum and aconite.
    • a poisonous natural herb indigenous to north European countries having hooded blue-purple plants; the dried leaves and origins give aconite

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