Veratric acid (Chem.), an acid occurring, together with veratrine, in the root of white hellebore (Veratrum
album), and in sabadilla seed; extracted as a white crystalline substance which is related to
(Ve*ra"tric) a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, plants of the genus Veratrum.
(||Ver`a*tri"na) n. [NL.] (Chem.) Same as Veratrine.
(Ve*ra"trine) n. [Cf. F. vératrine. See Veratrum.] (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid obtained
from the root hellebore (Veratrum) and from sabadilla seeds as a white crystalline powder, having an
acrid, burning taste. It is sometimes used externally, as in ointments, in the local treatment of neuralgia
and rheumatism. Called also veratria, and veratrina.
(Ve*ra"trol) n. [Veratric + ol.] (Chem.) A liquid hydrocarbon obtained by the decomposition of
veratric acid, and constituting the dimethyl ether of pyrocatechin.
(||Ve*ra"trum) n. [L. veratrum hellebore.] (Bot.) A genus of coarse liliaceous herbs having
very poisonous qualities.
Veratrum album of Europe, and Veratrum viride of America, are both called hellebore. They grow in
wet land, have large, elliptical, plicate leaves in three vertical ranks, and bear panicles of greenish flowers.
(Verb) n. [F. verbe, L. verbum a word, verb. See Word.]
1. A word; a vocable. [Obs.] South.
2. (Gram.) A word which affirms or predicates something of some person or thing; a part of speech
expressing being, action, or the suffering of action.
A verb is a word whereby the chief action of the mind [the assertion or the denial of a proposition] finds
Active verb, Auxiliary verb, Neuter verb, etc. See Active, Auxiliary, Neuter, etc.
(Ver"bal) a. [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]
1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not
written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.
Made she no verbal question?Shak.
We subjoin an engraving . . . which will give the reader a far better notion of the structure than any
verbal description could convey to the mind.Mayhew.
2. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing with words rather than with the ideas intended
to be conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change.
And loses, though but verbal, his reward.Milton.
Mere verbal refinements, instead of substantial knowledge.Whewell.
3. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation.
4. Abounding with words; verbose. [Obs.] Shak.
5. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group; derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used
in forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix.