莨菪

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Chinese[edit]

Scopalia japonica maxin
simp. and trad.
(莨菪)
variant forms
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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps transcription of a foreign term; compare Tibetan ལང་ཐང་རྩེ (lang thang rtse, Hyoscyamus niger).

In what is possibly a folk etymology, herbalist Li Shizhen explained the name as:

[Classical Chinese, trad. and simp.][▼ expand/hide]
From: The Compendium of Materia Medica [Bencao Gangmu], by Li Shizhen, 1578 CE
Qí zǐ fú zhī, lìng rén kuángláng fàngdàng, gù míng. [Pinyin]
Its seeds, when ingested, will make one deranged (kuanglang) and unrestrained (fangdang), hence the name.

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莨菪

  1. black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)

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