henbane

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henbane

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English henbane, hennebane ( > French hanebane), equivalent to hen +‎ bane. Cognate with Danish hønsebane, Swedish hönsbane. Compare also Old English hennebelle (henbane, literally hen-bell).

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henbane (plural henbanes)

  1. A poisonous plant, Hyoscyamus niger, used sometimes as a drug that causes at least hallucinations, dilated pupils, restlessness, and flushed skin.
  2. Any other plant of the genus Hyoscyamus.

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