Definition of wolfsbane in US English:

wolfsbane

noun

  • A northern European aconite.

    Genus Aconitum, family Ranunculaceae: several species, in particular the purple-flowered A. lycoctonum

    • ‘Opening it, he said in surprise, ‘Why, that's wolfsbane!’’
    • ‘What is the difference, Potter, between monkswood and wolfsbane?’
    • ‘Ziada distributed the wolfsbane amongst the five, and Elora provided spare pouches for it to be contained in.’
    • ‘With Ginger dead, Bridgette's on her own, stumbling around injecting herself with wolfsbane to try to stop herself from turning into a werewolf.’
    • ‘What are the special properties of wolfsbane?’
    • ‘Even if they could get out of this hole, wolfsbane wasn't the easiest thing to find in this area, and the hour he had to reverse the lycanthropy was ticking away.’
    • ‘Monkshood is another name for aconite, aka wolfsbane.’
    • ‘‘As I was saying,’ Ziada continued, ‘I can't think of any other obscure purposes of wolfsbane, except for mouthwash and pimple-poultice.’’

Pronunciation

wolfsbane

/ˈwʊlfsˌbeɪn//ˈwo͝olfsˌbān/