Aesculus

(redirected from Red Chestnut)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

Aesculus

a genus of the family Hippocastanaceae of shrubs and trees. Called also horsechestnut, buckeye. Contains a toxic hydroxycoumarin glycoside esculin in seed pods and shoots; causes depression, tremor, incoordination, paralysis. Includes A. californica (California buckeye), A. glabra (Ohio buckeye), A. hippocastanum (horsechestnut), A. pavia (red buckeye), A. octandra (sweet buckeye).