belladonna

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian bella donna (literally beautiful lady), altered by folk etymology from Medieval Latin bladona (nightshade), from Gaulish *blātōnā, blātunā, from Proto-Celtic *blātus (flower), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰḷh₃tus, from *bʰleh₃- (blossom, flower). The folk etymology was motivated by the cosmetic use of nightshade for dilating the eyes.

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Wikispecies belladonna (plural belladonnas)

  1. a plant, Atropa belladonna, having purple bell-shaped flowers and poisonous black glossy berries; deadly nightshade
  2. an alkaloid extracted from this plant, sometimes used medicinally, containing atropine

Quotations[edit]

  • (Can we date this quote?), Edmund White, "My Women" [1]
    Cathy teetered downstairs on very high heels, her hair swept up in a disintegrating “brioche,” her eyes glistening with belladonna drops.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: bel‧la‧don‧na

Noun[edit]

belladonna f, m (plural belladonna's, diminutive belladonnaatje n)

  1. belladonna, deadly nightshade

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Finnish[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: bel‧la‧don‧na

Noun[edit]

belladonna

  1. belladonna

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