Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A poisonous ptomaine obtained from putrefying liver and other organs.

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

  • noun (Physiol. Chem.) A toxic alkaloid (ptomaine) obtained from putrid flesh and from herring brines. As a poison it is said to execute profuse diarrhoea, vomiting, and intestinal inflammation.

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  • noun chemistry A ptomaine obtained from putrid flesh and herring brines.

Etymologies

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  • Don't name your daughter mydaleine.

    There is a herring connection, ruzuzu!

    February 7, 2013

  • Thanks! Added.

    February 7, 2013