1A coarse and poisonous Eurasian plant of the nightshade family, with sticky hairy leaves and an unpleasant smell.
- Hyoscyamus niger, family Solanaceae.
- 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.
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