American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extremely poisonous white crystalline alkaloid, C21H22O2N2, derived from nux vomica and related plants, used as a poison for rodents and other pests and topically in medicine as a stimulant for the central nervous system.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vegetable alkaloid (C21H22N2O2), the sole active principle of Strychnos Tieuté, the most active of the Java poisons, and one of the active principles of S. Ignatii, S. Nux-vomica, S. colubrina, etc. It is usually obtained from the seeds of S. Nux-vomica. It is colorless, inodorous, crystalline, unalterable by exposure to the air, and extremely bitter. It is little soluble, requiring 7,000 parts of water for solution. It dissolves in hot alcohol, although sparingly, if the alcohol be pure and not diluted. It forms crystallizable salts, which are intensely bitter. Strychnine and its salts, especially the latter from their solubility, are most energetic poisons. They produce tetanic spasms, but are used in medicine especially in conditions of exhaustion and certain forms of paralysis. See cut under
- n. chemistry A very toxic, colourless crystalline alkaloid, derived from nux vomica, used as a pesticide
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A very poisonous alkaloid resembling brucine, obtained from various species of plants, especially from species of Loganiaceæ, as from the seeds of the St. Ignatius bean (Strychnos Ignatia) and from nux vomica. It is obtained as a white crystalline substance, having a very bitter acrid taste, and is employed in medicine (chiefly in the form of sulphate) as a powerful neurotic stimulant. Called also
strychnia, and formerly strychnina.
- n. an alkaloid plant toxin extracted chiefly from nux vomica; formerly used as a stimulant
- French, from New Latin Strychnos, genus name, from Latin strychnon, a kind of nightshade, from Greek strukhnon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“November 19th, 2008 strychnine is a grand tonic, kemp, to take to take the flabbiness out of a man!”
“When a small quantity of strychnine kills a man, the strychnine is the inciting power; the nature of his nervo-muscular system, apt to be thrown into spasms by that drug, and all the organs of his body dependent on that system, are the collocation.”
“Small-pox is a nuisance; strychnine is a nuisance; mad dogs are a nuisance; slavery is a nuisance; slaveholders are a nuisance, and so are slave-breeders; it is our business, nay, it is our imperative duty, to abate nuisances; we propose, therefore, with the exception of strychnine, which is the least of all these nuisances, to exterminate this catalogue from beginning to end.”
“Predators, including the striped hyena, have been persecuted throughout the ecoregion by the widespread use of poisons such as strychnine because they kill livestock.”
“During the 1950's the development was rapid and many challenging molecules such as strychnine and morphine were made synthetically.”
“These would establish whether Mr Williams was poisoned using a deadly toxin such as strychnine, cyanide or thallium, administered in such a way as to leave no mark visible to the naked eye.”
“For no particular reason I would like to remark that "strychnine" has the same number of syllables as "teamwork.”
“We have with great success made a practice of not leaving arsenic and strychnine, and typhoid and tuberculosis germs lying around for our children to be destroyed by.”
“But I bided my time, and one day, when opportunity was ripe, lured the animal away and settled for him with strychnine and beefsteak.”
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