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A poisonous Eurasian plant (Hyoscyamus niger) in the nightshade family, having a strong odor, sticky leaves, and funnel-shaped greenish-yellow flowers. It is a source of hyoscyamine.


(Plants) a poisonous solanaceous European plant, Hyoscyamus niger, with sticky hairy leaves and funnel-shaped greenish flowers: yields the drug hyoscyamine



an Old World plant, Hyoscyamus niger, of the nightshade family, that has hairy foliage and possesses narcotic and poisonous properties.
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Noun1.henbane - poisonous fetid Old World herb having sticky hairy leaves and yellow-brown flowershenbane - poisonous fetid Old World herb having sticky hairy leaves and yellow-brown flowers; yields hyoscyamine and scopolamine
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Hyoscyamus, Hyoscyamus - genus of poisonous herbs: henbane


[ˈhenbeɪn] Nbeleño m
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Would he not suddenly sink into the earth, leaving a barren and blasted spot, where, in due course of time, would be seen deadly nightshade, dogwood, henbane, and whatever else of vegetable wickedness the climate could produce, all flourishing with hideous luxuriance?
The prospect of finding anybody out in anything, would have kept Miss Miggs awake under the influence of henbane.
To set those blaring images so high, and to cause us smaller vermin, as under the influence of henbane or opium, to cry out, night and day, 'Relieve us of our money, scatter it for us, buy us and sell us, ruin us, only we beseech ye take rank among the powers of the earth, and fatten on us'!
There is a documentary evidence of use of opioids, ayurvedic (hemp henbane, mandrake, etc.
Hyderabad, 1955-70), 19: 372, specifically in a chapter on the poisonous qualities of certain drugs, plants, and animals, where he cites Ibn Masawayh as having said that milk with honey is an antidote for the harmful properties of henbane, if preceded by vomiting cooked fig water along with various nuts, seeds, and plants.
But generally germination rates of weedy species like black henbane and white henbane are very low (15 days under laboratory and greenhouse conditions [2] due to seed dormancy [7].
And Chillingworth's interests in nightshade and henbane, used to treat sexual inadequacy, further suggest his own needs, justifying a "literal reading," according to Johnson, of the contents of his laboratory where "'weeds were converted into drugs of potency'" (602) (7)
Lucy grew up in Henbane, a fictional town of about 700, and has reached the age her mother, Lila, was when she arrived as a strange, beautiful outsider, an orphan from a farm in Iowa.
They were said to have worked themselves up into a feel-no-pain frenzy with the help of henbane, a hallucinogenic plant.
throwing henbane on the fire and in the smoke see pricey visions for