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

  • n. A bitter crystalline compound, C30H34O13, derived from the seed of an East Indian woody vine (Animirta cocculus) and used as a stimulant, especially in treating barbiturate poisoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poisonous material, extracted from the seeds of the Anamirta cocculus, used as a stimulant; it is a complex of two alkaloids - picrotoxinin and picrotin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bitter white crystalline substance found in the cocculus indicus. It is a peculiar poisonous neurotic and intoxicant, and consists of a mixture of several neutral substances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bitter poisonous principle which exists in the seeds of Anamirta Cocculus (A. paniculata), from which it is extracted by the action of water and alcohol.


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Ancient Greek bitter + toxin



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