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henbane

[hen-beyn]
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noun
  1. an Old World plant, Hyoscyamus niger, of the nightshade family, having sticky, hairy fetid foliage and greenish-yellow flowers, and possessing narcotic and poisonous properties especially destructive to domestic fowls.

Origin of henbane

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at hen, bane
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Examples from the Web for henbane

Historical Examples

  • Mullein and nettle, henbane and wormwood, all are English emigrants.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

    Alice Morse Earle

  • Let us hope that Eavesdrop will sketch off Henbane, and that Henbane will poison him for his trouble.

    Crotchet Castle

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • Mr. Henbane was listening very lugubriously to this dissertation.

    Crotchet Castle

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • Mr. Henbane had also departed, on the wings of an infallible antidote.

    Crotchet Castle

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • The English henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) abounds in waste places.


British Dictionary definitions for henbane

henbane

noun
  1. a poisonous solanaceous European plant, Hyoscyamus niger, with sticky hairy leaves and funnel-shaped greenish flowers: yields the drug hyoscyamine
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