Definitions

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

  • n. A bitter, poisonous, liquid alkaloid, C15H26N2, obtained from the broom Cytisus scoparius or the lupin Lupinus luteus, whose sulfate has been used in medicine as a heart stimulant and as a way of inducing contraction of the uterus during labor.

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  • n. A toxic tetracyclic alkaloid obtained from both the broom and lupin plants

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narcotic alkaloid extracted from the tops of the common broom (Cytisus scoparius, formerly Spartium scoparium), as a colorless oily liquid of aniline-like odor and very bitter taste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A liquid alkaloid (C15H26N2) obtained from the common broom, Cytisus (Spartium) scoparius.

Etymologies

New Latin Spartium, broom genus (from Latin spartum, a kind of broom, from Greek sparton) + -ine2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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