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Aconite

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The herb Monkshood or Wolfsbane. Classic fabulists ascribe its poisonous qualities to the foam which dropped from the mouths of the three-headed Cerbĕrus, when Hercules, at the command of Eurystheus, dragged the monster from the infernal regions. (Greek, ακóνιτoν, Latin, aconītum.)

“Lurida terribiles miscent Aconita novercæ.”


Ovid: Metamorphoses, i. 147.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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