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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
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)