[hahy-uh-sahy-uh-muh s]


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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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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