Definitions

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

  • n. See aconite.
  • n. A slender, erect, poisonous perennial herb (Aconitum napellus) native to northern Europe, having violet flowers and whose dried leaves and roots yield aconite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various poisonous plants, of the genus Aconitum, with blue or white flowers in the shape of a hood
  • n. The dried leaves or flowers of these plants formerly used as a source of medicinal alkaloids

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Aconitum; aconite. See aconite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Aconitum, especially A. Napellus. Also called friar's-cap, foxbane, helmet-flower, Jacob's-chariot, and wolf's-bane. See Aconitum and aconite.

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

  • n. a poisonous herb native to northern Europe having hooded blue-purple flowers; the dried leaves and roots yield aconite

Etymologies

monks +‎ hood (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Water slipped by and beneath it, enough to send a trickle on down, but in the shade, a large, still pool had formed, and by its side long stalks of monkshood bent under the weight of their blue flowers.

    The Bread of Ruth’s Unhappiness « A Fly in Amber

  • A few flowers remained in bloom, some pale lavender phlox that contrasted nicely against the brooding dark monkshood, and some roses, deep red climbers, their fragrance still heady this late in the season.

    A Different Light

  • One day, I hope we'll sit over a drink (tea, wine, beer, coffee--I'm not fussy) and discuss family trees and troop movements and what to call things like monkshood before there were monks (well, that one's relatively easy: wolfsbane) and so on.

    Hereric of Deira

  • The arrows must have been dipped in a poison extracted from the monkshood flower, and the urn was marked to make the lethal arrows distinctive.

    The Ark

  • It was a flower, the blossom of the monkshood plant.

    The Ark

  • The white monkshood (Aconitum reclinatum) is found in moist mountain woods and adjacent floodplains of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and is endangered in the state (Wiegman, 1985, p. 57).

    Ecoregions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (EPA)

  • Dame's rocket, sweet William, monkshood, and meadow rue -- the old-fashioned names are so much prettier.

    Remembering Tasha Tudor...

  • Outside, the spikes of monkshood and delphinium stood erect and motionless against the shadow of the hillside.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • The house door was standing open, and he went out beyond the porch, and stood where the monkshood rose at the corner of the garden bed.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Ah, my sorrowful, his cloister dreeping of his monkshood, how it is triste to death, all his dark ivytod!

    Finnegans Wake

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