- 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
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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.
Mr. Henbane was listening very lugubriously to this dissertation.
Mr. Henbane had also departed, on the wings of an infallible antidote.
The English henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) abounds in waste places.Western Himalaya and Tibet
- a poisonous solanaceous European plant, Hyoscyamus niger, with sticky hairy leaves and funnel-shaped greenish flowers: yields the drug hyoscyamine
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