hellebore :

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  • n  perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
  • n  any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus

  • The poison was opium, belladonna and white hellebore.
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  • New Theory: Alexander the Great Poisoned by Flowering Herb?
    On June 11, 323 B.C., the famed Alexander the Great died, felled by a mysterious illness that left him too weak to move. Now, research finds that if poison killed Alexander the Great, the toxin may well have come from an unassuming plant called white hellebore (Veratrum album) that may have been slipped into his wine. Alexander was the son of the king of Macedonia, Philip II, and Olympias, one ...
    Jan. 15, 2014 - LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News

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