Definition of henbane in English:

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henbane

Pronunciation: /ˈhɛnbeɪn/

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.

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