bane


1bane

noun \ˈbān\

Definition of BANE

1
a obsolete :  killer, slayer
b :  poison
c :  death, destruction <stop the way of those that seek my bane — Philip Sidney>
d :  woe
2
:  a source of harm or ruin :  curse <national frontiers have been more of a bane than a boon for mankind — D. C. Thomson>

Origin of BANE

Middle English, from Old English bana; akin to Old High German bano death
First Known Use: before 12th century

2bane

transitive verb
baned ban·ing

Definition of BANE

obsolete
:  to kill especially with poison

First Known Use of BANE

1578

3bane

noun

Definition of BANE

chiefly Scottish
:  bone

Origin of BANE

Middle English (northern dialect) ban, from Old English bān — more at bone
First Known Use: before 12th century

bane

noun \ˈbān\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BANE

: poison—see henbane

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