henbane henbane  /ˈhɛn ˌbeɪn/

Definition(s):

  • (n) poisonous fetid Old World herb having sticky hairy leaves and yellow-brown flowers; yields hyoscyamine and scopolamine

Usage(s):

  • Scopolamine is a hypnotic drug made from henbane.

News

  • A Bewitching History: Why Witches Ride Broomsticks

    But few likely know the murky tale of how witches came to be associated with those familiar household objects. According to legend, witches used herbs with psychoactive properties like henbane in their potions, or "flying ointments." Some historical accounts suggest witches applied these ointments to their nether regions. Lady Alice Kyteler, Ireland's earliest known accused witch, was condemned ...
    on October 31, 2013     Source: LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. Mr Worrall Thompson, when asked by the publication whether he used any wild foods in his dishes, replied: "The weed henbane is great in salads."
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: Antony Worrall Thompson Source: Times Online

  2. An early draft of John Keats's Ode on Melancholy began: "No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist / Henbane for its poisonous root," before the poet - who worked in a pharmacy and was familiar with poisons - decided to change the word Henbane for...
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: John Keats Source: Times Online

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