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- n. A poisonous polyyne and alcohol found in various plants, including the water hemlock.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The active principle of the water hemlock (Cicuta) extracted as a poisonous gummy substance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poisonous compound found in the water-hemlock. It is an uncrystallizable resin with an acid reaction and hitter taste.
It contains an active principle, _cicutoxin_, which in some respects is allied to strychnine and picrotoxin.
The potency of the plant depends on its cicutoxin, a principle derived from the resinous constituents, and