One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A spiny southern Asian tree with orange fruit and toxic seeds that are a commercial source of strychnine.
Strychnos nux-vomica, family Loganiaceae
- ‘The Nux Vomica, we learn, is also known as 'The Poison Tree'.’
- ‘Extracts of nux vomica have been used in some preparations.’
- ‘The Strychnine tree also known as Nux vomica, is an evergreen tree native to southeast Asia, a member of family Loganiaceae.’
- ‘De Abano in the fourteenth century included mercury, copper, lapis lazuli, arsenic sublimate, litharge, nux vomica, laurel berries, and hellebore in his De Remedis Venenorum.’
- ‘Belladonna, sepia and nux vomica are among the most common ingredients.’
- 1.1 A homeopathic preparation of the nux vomica used especially for the treatment of symptoms of overeating and overdrinking.
- ‘Back pain can be ‘cured’ with horse chestnut and nux vomica.’
- ‘I also recommend the remedy nux vomica for sickness following surgery.’
- ‘A homeopathic remedy for hangovers is the attractively-named nux vomica, which is available in most health food stores.’
- ‘Other remedies you mentioned: Arnica montana and nux vomica.’
- ‘Homeopathic remedies, including nux vomica, iris, belladona and others seem to help some headache sufferers.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin nux ‘nut’ + vomica ‘causing vomiting’ (from vomere ‘to vomit’).
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