[ hen-beyn ]
/ ˈhɛnˌbeɪn /


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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/ (ˈhɛnˌbeɪn) /


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