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henbane

henbayn

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

  • Scopolamine is a hypnotic drug made from henbane.
  • Scopolamin (also known as hyoscin), the poisonous alkaloid anaesthetic derived from henbane, deadly nightshade and similar plants, has added another function to its established .
  • Doctors must die, too; all their knowledge of Digitalis, adrenaline, henbane, Matters little if death raps again Once he may be forestalled, but their great love Or little .
News & Articles

  • 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 ...
    Oct. 31, 2013 - LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News
Quotes

  • Antony Worrall Thompson in Times Online
    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."
  • John Keats in Times Online
    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...

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