- Also called deadly nightshade. a poisonous plant, Atropa belladonna, of the nightshade family, having purplish-red flowers and black berries.
- Pharmacology. a drug from the leaves and root of this plant, containing atropine and related alkaloids: used in medicine to check secretions and spasms, to relieve pain or dizziness, and as a cardiac and respiratory stimulant.
Origin of belladonna
Examples from the Web for belladonna
His clients include some of the biggest names in the industry, like Dana DeArmond and Belladonna.Top 5 Reasons Porn-for-Profit Is Dying
January 10, 2010
Which would be better to give him, quinine, or aconite and belladonna?The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Simply because the criminal put a little atropine, or belladonna, with the morphine.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
“I want the belladonna,” said Rich, with her face contracted once more.The Bag of Diamonds
George Manville Fenn
The plant is narcotic, antispasmodic and like belladonna it dilates the pupil.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Sometimes it is advisable to paint the gland with belladonna ointment.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
- either of two alkaloid drugs, atropine or hyoscyamine, obtained from the leaves and roots of the deadly nightshade
- another name for deadly nightshade
Word Origin and History for belladonna
1590s, "deadly nightshade" (Atropa belladonna), from Italian, literally "fair lady;" the plant so called supposedly because women made cosmetic eye-drops from its juice (an 18c. explanation; atropic acid, found in the plant, has a well-known property of dilating the pupils) or because it was used to poison beautiful women. Perhaps a folk etymology alteration; Gamillscheg suggests ultimately of Gaulish origin.
- A poisonous Eurasian perennial herb having usually solitary, purplish-brown, bell-shaped flowers and glossy black berries.deadly nightshade
- An alkaloidal extract or tincture derived from this plant.
- A preparation of the dried leaves or roots of deadly nightshade or related plants in the genus Belladonna, once used as a medicine. Belladonna contains several alkaloids that affect the nervous system by blocking the effects of acetylcholine.