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

  • n. A tree (Strychnos nux-vomica) native to southeast Asia, having poisonous seeds that are the source of the medicinal alkaloids strychnine and brucine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The strychnine tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, an evergreen tree found in southeastern Asia.
  • n. The fruit of Strychnos nux-vomica, which contains strychnine and brucine.
  • n. A preparation made from the fruit of Strychnos nux-vomica, traditionally used as a stimulant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The seed of Strychnos Nuxvomica, a tree which abounds on the Malabar and Coromandel coasts of the East Indies. From this seed the deadly poisons known as strychnine and brucine are obtained. The seeds are sometimes called Quaker buttons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The seed of Strychnos Nux-vomica (which see, under Strychnos).
  • n. The tree producing the above fruit.

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

  • n. a medicine made from the seeds of an Asiatic tree; contains strychnine and brucine; formerly used as a stimulant

Etymologies

Medieval Latin : Latin nux, nut + Medieval Latin vomica, feminine of vomicus, emetic (from Latin vomere, to vomit).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nux ("nut") and vomica ("vomiting"). (Wiktionary)

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