the dried leaves, with or without the tops, of the henbane, Hyoscyamus niger, containing the alkaloids hyoscyamine and scopolamine, used in medicine.
Origin of hyoscyamus
1700–10; < New Latin < Greek hyoskýamos, equivalent to hyós (genitive of hŷs hog) + kýamos bean
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Examples from the Web for hyoscyamus
Historical Examples of hyoscyamus
The oil of hyoscyamus is poisonous, and contains the alkaloid.
The English henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) abounds in waste places.
The extract of belladonna is considerably stronger than the extract of hyoscyamus.
An alkaloid obtained from common henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), and also from the thorn apple (Datura stramonium).
Thus, hyoscyamus, belladonna, ammonium bromide have been used.
British Dictionary definitions for hyoscyamus
any plant of the solanaceous genus Hyoscyamus, of Europe, Asia, and N Africa, including henbane
Word Origin for hyoscyamus
C18: from New Latin, from Greek huoskuamos, from hus pig + kuamos bean; the plant was thought to be poisonous to pigs
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