One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bitter glycoside, C₃₃H₅₀O₁₄, contained in the leaves of the buckbean, Menyanthes trifoliata.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George W. Francis (1800–1865), botanist. From scientific Latin Menyanthes, the name of the genus of plants including the buckbean (J. Pitton de Tournefort Inst. Rei Herbariae I. 117; see below) + -in.
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