Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crystalline glucoside having poisonous properties, found in black hellebore.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A poisonous glucoside found in several species of hellebore, and extracted as a white crystalline substance with a sharp tingling taste. It possesses the essential virtues of the plant; -- called also
- hellebore + -in (Wiktionary)
“This root contains a chemical glucoside -- "helleborin," which, if given in full doses, stimulates the kidneys to such an excess that their function becomes temporarily paralyzed.”
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