Share this entry

Share this page

henbane

Line breaks: hen|bane
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛnbeɪn
 
/

Definition of henbane in English:

noun

1A 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.
1.1 [mass noun] A narcotic drink prepared from henbane.
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.

Definition of henbane in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure