One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alkaloid present in the corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, related to rhoeadine.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal Pharmacy. From German Rhoeagenin (O. Hesse 1866, in Ann. der Chem. u. Pharm 140 150; from rhoea- (in Rhoeadin) + -genin (in Saligenin, Sapogenin, etc.)), with remodelling of the ending after -ine.
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