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Aconite   Listen
Aconite  n.  
(Bot.) The herb wolfsbane, or monkshood; applied to any plant of the genus Aconitum (tribe Hellebore), all the species of which are poisonous.
An extract or tincture obtained from Aconitum napellus, used as a poison and medicinally.
Winter aconite, a plant (Eranthis hyemalis) allied to the aconites.

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"Aconite" Quotes from Famous Books

... there, depicted among its graceful foliage, but not in the wild disorder in which I have enumerated them. At the bottom of the panel lay a holly-branch, whose stiff straightness was ornamented by a twining drapery of English ivy and mistletoe and winter aconite; while down either side hung pendant garlands of spring and autumn flowers; and, crowning all, came gorgeous summer with the sweet musk-roses, and the rich-coloured ...
— Ruth • Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

... been naturalized, and where, in their season, you might find clumps of pure white snowdrops, sheets of glorious daffodils, and later on lovely masses of the lily of the valley. In the garden all kinds of sweet things seemed to be blooming the whole year round. Golden aconite buds opened with the January term, and in a wild patch above the rockery the delicious heliotrope-scented Petasites fragrans blossomed to tempt the bees which an hour's sunshine would bring forth from the hives, scarlet Pyrus japanica was ...
— The Princess of the School • Angela Brazil

... were to Barbara as a bad dream. Like one in a dream she saw that open, wintry grave beneath the tall church tower about whose battlements the wind-blown rooks wheeled on their homeward way. She noted a little yellow aconite that had opened its bloom prematurely in the shadow of the wall, and the sight of it brought her some kind of comfort. He had loved aconites and planted many of them, though because of his winter absences years had gone by since he had seen one ...
— Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales • Henry Rider Haggard

Words linked to "Aconite" :   poisonous plant, Aconitum, helmetflower, wolfbane, wolfsbane, winter aconite, monkshood, genus Aconitum, wolf's bane

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