Definition of aconite in English:

aconite

noun

  • 1A poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which bears hooded pink or purple flowers. It is native to temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

    • ‘Other herbs, such as pinellia ternata, aconite and arisaema, are generally detoxified before use in various ways and are no longer considered poisonous.’
    • ‘This would allow for the use of a variety of familiar medicinal herbs, including poisonous plants like aconite.’
    • ‘Other plants in the fragrant garden include a cherry plum which is allegedly a remedy for stress and anxiety and aconite, a toxic plant which in small doses is claimed to be good for colds.’
    • ‘Saturn also rules over many of the herbs that are potentially poisonous or toxic (eg., aconite, helleborus, nightshade).’
    1. 1.1 An extract of aconite, used as a poison or in medicinal preparations.
      • ‘A friend says: ‘I had the flu and aconite fixed me in one day.’’
      • ‘It is used by itself to treat most metabolic poisons (including poisoning by aconite and overuse of ephedrine and other stimulants).’
      • ‘It deserves notice that he experimented with the most boasted substances - cinchona, aconite, mercury, bryonia, belladonna.’
      • ‘Other kidney tonics based on Rehmannia 6 add more ingredients, such as cinnamon bark and aconite, to warm the kidneys.’
      • ‘In fact baking or cooking for a long time in pressurized hot water can help to neutralize the toxic aconitum in raw aconite.’
      • ‘However, to understand the more subtle indications we might get a clue from the homeopathic indication for aconite which are symptoms caused by shock.’
      • ‘Both Rehmannia six and Rehmannia eight, the latter with the addition of cinnamon bark and prepared aconite are the two most frequently prescribed formulas used for tonifying kidney yin and yang respectively’
      • ‘In the Book of Venoms, he listed arsenic, aconite, hellebore, laurel, opium, bryony, mandrake, leopard's gall, and menstrual blood.’
      • ‘Licorice is combined with prepared aconite to counteract its toxicity.’
      • ‘The Chinese medical diagnosis was water qi disease, thus ginseng and aconite were used, as indicated for yin type edema.’
      • ‘Some of these methods such as the detoxification of aconite by preparing it with salt and/or long boiling decoction are a mainstay of TCM practice.’
      • ‘For Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency characterized by coughing of thin, watery sputum, deep pulse and urinary problems, add Cinnamon Bark and prepared aconite.’
      • ‘She is familiar with aconite; it's usually the first remedy I reach for when a child starts to feel sick.’
      • ‘The Three Arterial Sedatives: veratrum, aconite and gelsemium.’
      • ‘Another doctor who killed his three wives, this time with aconite, escaped the hangman's noose by taking cyanide.’
      • ‘In the UK, although the legal situation is somewhat ambiguous, it appears that all forms of aconite are effectively banned for internal use.’
      • ‘Pinellia combination with aconite - the strongest, with double aconite, it works overnight.’
      • ‘Have been necking vitamin C, zinc, garlic pills, gelsemium, aconite and lucozade in attempt to get rid of it.’
      • ‘She was given Du Huo Angelica and Loranthes Combination (Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang) with the addition of 4 gms of prepared aconite to relieve the chronic arthritic condition and pains.’
      • ‘Important are the accounts of opium, aconite, hemlock, and the thorn apple, showing careful study of widely known poisons.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: via French and Latin from Greek akoniton.

Pronunciation

aconite

/ˈakəˌnīt//ˈækəˌnaɪt/