AskDefine | Define henbane

Dictionary Definition

henbane n : poisonous fetid Old World herb having sticky hairy leaves and yellow-brown flowers; yields hyoscyamine and scopolamine [syn: black henbane, stinking nightshade, Hyoscyamus niger]

User Contributed Dictionary



From hen + bane.




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


  • Kurdish: beng

Extensive Definition

Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), also known as stinking nightshade, is a plant of the family Solanaceae Its usage was originally in continental Europe and Asia, though it did spread to England sometime during the Middle Ages. The use of Henbane by the ancient Greeks was documented by Pliny. The plant, recorded as Herba Apollinaris, was used to yield oracles by the priestesses of Apollo.

See also

henbane in Bulgarian: Блян
henbane in Czech: Blín černý
henbane in Danish: Bulmeurt
henbane in German: Schwarzes Bilsenkraut
henbane in Spanish: Hyoscyamus niger
henbane in French: Hyoscyamus niger
henbane in Italian: Hyoscyamus niger
henbane in Lithuanian: Juodoji drignė
henbane in Hungarian: Beléndek
henbane in Dutch: Bilzekruid
henbane in Polish: Lulek czarny
henbane in Russian: Белена
henbane in Finnish: Hullukaali
henbane in Swedish: Bolmört
henbane in Ukrainian: Блекота
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