American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poisonous white crystalline alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, derived from the seeds of nux vomica and closely related plants and used to denature alcohol.
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. Its taste is exceedingly bitter and acrid, and it forms with the acids salts which are soluble and generally crystallizable. Its action on the animal economy is similar to that of strychnine, but much less powerful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) 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
- n. a bitter alkaloid poison resembling strychnine and extracted from nux vomica
- After James Bruce (1730-1794), Scottish explorer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It gives a red colour with brucine, turns the green sulphate of iron black, and with hydrochloric acid dissolves gold.”
“Strychnine and brucine exist in combination with igasuric acid discovered by Ludwig in 1873.”
“It bears an orange-like fruit, containing seeds that have an intensely bitter taste, owing to the presence of two most energetic poisons, _strychnine_ and _brucine_.”
“Ah," he exclaimed, "it is no longer brucine that is used; let me see what it is!”
“Noirtier, I resolved to try one last means, and for three months I have been giving him brucine; so that in the last dose I ordered for him there were six grains.”
“By mid-1927, the new denaturing formulas included some notable poisons-kerosene and brucine”
“You just have to rise above it, with a smile. brucine sulfate”
“I had told you that there was brucine in the mixture I give you. ”
“It is already done," he said; "brucine is no longer employed, but a simple narcotic!”
“Well," replied Monte Cristo "suppose, then, that this poison was brucine, and you were to take a milligramme the first day, two milligrammes the second day, and so on.”
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