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Rat's-bane

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rat's-bane poison for rats: arsenious acid
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ræt; Ger. ratte.

Usage

In literature:

Couldn't you try some rat's-bane?
"An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen
So my wife and her priest they drugged the poor beast, And the rat's bane is waiting for me.
"The Saint's Tragedy" by Charles Kingsley
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