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Definition of "henbane" [hen•bane]

  • A poisonous Eurasian plant (Hyoscyamus niger) having an unpleasant odor, sticky leaves, and funnel-shaped greenish-yellow flowers. It is a source of the drug hyoscyamine. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "henbane" in a sentence
  • "Celebrity (their word, he means nothing to me) chef Antony Worrall Thompsonis quoted in a magazine interview about watercress and other wild foods saying that the weed henbane is "great in salads"."
  • "According to the BBC: "Healthy & Organic Living magazine's website has now issued an urgent warning that" henbane is a very toxic plant and should never be eaten "."
  • "Do you know when I was ill I was made to take henbane, which is a drug that has the power to make one's eyes magnify like a microscope."