Definition of aconite:
- An extract or tincture obtained from Aconitum napellus, used as a poison and medicinally.
- any of various usually poisonous plants of the genus Aconitum having tuberous roots and palmately lobed leaves and blue or white flowers
- The herb wolfsbane, or monkshood; - applied to any plant of the genus Aconitum ( tribe Hellebore), all the species of which are poisonous.
The knowledge of simples, which was then very general, was of great service to cunning impostors; thus it was well known that certain herbs, like aconite, produce in sleep the sensation of flying, and they were, of course, diligently employed.- "Modern Magic", Maximilian Schele de Vere.
Yea, more dreadful still, Buried within the heart of many a plant Lie deadly drops of poisonous essences, Nightshade and spearwort, aconite and poppy, That slay more swift and sure than tempered steel.- "In the Days of the Guild", Louise Lamprey.
- "Father Payne", Arthur Christopher Benson.