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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A poisonous white crystalline alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, derived from the seeds of nux vomica and closely related plants and used to denature alcohol.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vegetable alkaloid (C2H26N2O4), discovered in what was thought to be the bark of the Brucea antidysenterica, but which was that of Strychnos Nux-vomica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A powerful vegetable alkaloid, found, associated with strychnine, in the seeds of different species of Strychnos, especially in the nux vomica. It is less powerful than strychnine. Called also brucia and brucina.

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

  • noun organic chemistry An alkaloid, related to strychnine, found in nux vomica.

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

  • noun a bitter alkaloid poison resembling strychnine and extracted from nux vomica

Etymologies

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

[After James Bruce, (1730–1794), Scottish explorer.]

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