Definition of henbane in English:

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henbane

Pronunciation: /ˈhenˌbān/

noun

1A coarse and poisonous Eurasian plant of the nightshade family, with sticky hairy leaves and an unpleasant smell.
  • Hyoscyamus niger, family Solanaceae.
Example sentences
  • All that in a happier field and a purer air would expand into virtue and germinate into usefulness, is thus converted into henbane and deadly nightshade.
  • Recipes of love stimulants frequently contained such plants, especially henbane, mandrake, and in later times thorn apple.
  • He also identified certain plants with pharmacological action such as mandragora or nightshade, opium and henbane and gave various recipes for inducing both anesthesia and analgesia before surgery.
1.1A psychoactive drink prepared from the henbane plant.
Example sentences
  • Dissolve in the drink half a dram each of darnel, fumitory, opium and henbane and half a carat of myrobalan.
  • With henbane, you would either wake up three or four days later without a leg, or not at all.

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Syllabification: hen·bane

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