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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poisonous white crystalline alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, derived from the seeds of nux vomica and closely related plants and used to denature alcohol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alkaloid, related to strychnine, found in nux vomica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A powerful vegetable alkaloid, found, associated with strychnine, in the seeds of different species of Strychnos, especially in the nux vomica. It is less powerful than strychnine. Called also brucia and brucina.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vegetable alkaloid (C2H26N2O4), discovered in what was thought to be the bark of the Brucea antidysenterica, but which was that of Strychnos Nux-vomica.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bitter alkaloid poison resembling strychnine and extracted from nux vomica

Etymologies

After James Bruce (1730-1794), Scottish explorer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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