Definitions

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

  • n. A toxic glycoside or mixture of glycosides obtained from the seeds of certain plants of the genus Strophanthus, especially S. kombé, used medicinally as a cardiac stimulant.

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  • n. Any of several poisonous cardiac glycosides obtained from various African plants

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An active poisonous principle, said to be neither an alkaloid nor a glucoside, found in the seeds of Strophanthus hispidus.

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

  • n. a bitter and very toxic glycoside derived from plants of the genus Strophanthus; in moderate doses it is a cardiac stimulant but in larger doses it is a powerful poison; used in Africa as an arrow poison

Etymologies

New Latin Strophanthus, genus name (Greek strophos, twisted cord; see strop + Greek anthos, flower) + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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