Definition of belladonna
1 : an Old World poisonous plant (Atropa belladonna) of the nightshade family having purple or green bell-shaped flowers, glossy black berries, and root and leaves that yield atropine —called also deadly nightshade
2 : a medicinal extract (such as atropine) from the belladonna plant
Recent Examples of belladonna from the Web
There's the Deadly Nightshade (atropa belladonna) with berries that can easily kill.
The nightshades have an ominous reputation, but this large plant family is more than just its most poisonous members, like belladonna.
BELLADONNA OF SADNESS Made in 1973 but apparently never released in the United States, Eiichi Yamamoto’s animated Japanese fantasy drama tells the story of an innocent young woman who makes a deal with the Devil.
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Origin and Etymology of belladonna
Italian, literally, beautiful lady
First Known Use: 1597See Words from the same year
BELLADONNA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belladonna for English Language Learners
: a poisonous plant that has reddish bell-shaped flowers
: a drug made from the belladonna plant
Medical Definition of belladonna
1: an Old World poisonous plant of the genus Atropa (A. belladonna) having purple or green flowers, glossy black berries, and a root and leaves that yield atropine—called also deadly nightshade
2: a medicinal preparation (as atropine) extracted from the belladonna plant and containing anticholinergic alkaloids
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