Definitions for henbaneˈhɛnˌbeɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an Old World plant, Hyoscyamus niger, of the nightshade family, that has hairy foliage and possesses narcotic and poisonous properties.

    Category: Plants

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. henbane, black henbane, stinking nightshade, Hyoscyamus niger(noun)

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


  1. henbane(Noun)

    A poisonous plant, Hyoscyamus niger, used sometimes as a drug that causes at least hallucinations, dilated pupils, restlessness, and flushed skin.

  2. henbane(Noun)

    Any other plant of the genus Hyoscyamus.

  3. Origin: From hen + bane.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Henbane(noun)

    a plant of the genus Hyoscyamus (H. niger). All parts of the plant are poisonous, and the leaves are used for the same purposes as belladonna. It is poisonous to domestic fowls; whence the name. Called also, stinking nightshade, from the fetid odor of the plant. See Hyoscyamus


  1. Hyoscyamus niger

    Hyoscyamus niger, also known as stinking nightshade or black henbane, is a plant of the family Solanaceae that originated in Eurasia, though it is now globally distributed.


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