The herb Monkshood or Wolfsbane. Classic fabulists ascribe its
poisonous qualities to the foam which dropped from the mouths of the
three-headed Cerbërus, when Hercules, at the command of Eurystheus,
dragged the monster from the infernal regions. (Latin, aconitum.)
“Lurida terribiles miscent Aconita novercæ.”
Metamorphoses, i. 147.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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