One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toxic polyunsaturated alcohol found in the roots of hemlock water dropwort, Oenanthe crocata; 2,8,10-heptadecatriene-4,6-diyne-1,14-diol, C₁₇H₂₂O₂.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Pharmaceutical Journal. From German Oenanthotoxin from scientific Latin Oenanthe, genus name + -o- + toxin.
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