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ratsbane

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ratsbane a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide (rat poison) and weed killer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ratsbane răts"bān` Rat poison; white arsenic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ratsbane Rat-poison. Arsenious acid is often so called.
    • n ratsbane A plant, Chailletia toxicaria. See rat-poison, 2.
    • ratsbane To poison with ratsbane.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Rat, + bane,

Usage

In literature:

Did I think he was so weak as bite holes in his flesh with ratsbane?
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
If he wears a dagger and ratsbane, it must be to do mischief to himself or somebody else.
"The History of John Bull" by John Arbuthnot
ROSAKER, similar to ratsbane.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
ROSAKER, similar to ratsbane.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
ROSAKER, similar to ratsbane.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
ROSAKER, similar to ratsbane.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
ROSAKER, similar to ratsbane.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
You want a patent or a privilege for your ratsbane?
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
That town is ratsbane and nightshade in my mouth!
"Master Skylark" by John Bennett
It is the double-distilled extract of nux vomica, ratsbane, and adder's tongue.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
Better mix ratsbane in the jelly cake.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
Doolittle is a rat, and I will hire somebody to give him ratsbane.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The packet of best ratsbane?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 22nd, 1890" by Various
It's aqua-fortis, fish-berries, tobacco juice and ratsbane.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
I counselled him either to give or take an ounce of ratsbane, to cure his mind.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
Did I think he was so weak as bite holes in his flesh with ratsbane?
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
The packet of best ratsbane?
"Mr Punch's Model Music Hall Songs and Dramas" by F. Anstey
Mrs. Smith's doctor tells her if she wants poison she had better get ratsbane, and then she will know what she is swallowing.
"Ginger-Snaps" by Fanny Fern
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