henbane

noun
hen·​bane | \ ˈhen-ˌbān How to pronounce henbane (audio) \

Definition of henbane

: a poisonous fetid Eurasian herb (Hyoscyamus niger) of the nightshade family with yellowish-brown flowers and sticky hairy leaves that yield hyoscyamine and scopolamine

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Recent Examples on the Web Fatur cites several cases involving angry behavior associated with plants related to henbane, containing the same alkaloids. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "How Vikings Went Into a Trancelike Rage Before Battle," 21 Sep. 2019 Fatur cites several cases involving angry behavior associated with plants related to henbane, containing the same alkaloids. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "How Vikings Went Into a Trancelike Rage Before Battle," 21 Sep. 2019 But now ethnobotanist Karsten Fatur says Vikings likely took henbane (below). National Geographic, "How to cook a violent Viking stew—and a giant geode," 11 Feb. 2020 Fatur cites several cases involving angry behavior associated with plants related to henbane, containing the same alkaloids. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "How Vikings Went Into a Trancelike Rage Before Battle," 21 Sep. 2019 Fatur cites several cases involving angry behavior associated with plants related to henbane, containing the same alkaloids. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "How Vikings Went Into a Trancelike Rage Before Battle," 21 Sep. 2019 Fatur cites several cases involving angry behavior associated with plants related to henbane, containing the same alkaloids. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "How Vikings Went Into a Trancelike Rage Before Battle," 21 Sep. 2019 Fatur cites several cases involving angry behavior associated with plants related to henbane, containing the same alkaloids. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "How Vikings Went Into a Trancelike Rage Before Battle," 21 Sep. 2019 Fatur cites several cases involving angry behavior associated with plants related to henbane, containing the same alkaloids. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 18 Sep. 2019

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Henbane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henbane. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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henbane

noun
hen·​bane | \ ˈhen-ˌbān How to pronounce henbane (audio) \

Medical Definition of henbane

: a poisonous fetid Old World herb of the genus Hyoscyamus (H. niger) that has sticky hairy dentate leaves and yellowish brown flowers, contains the alkaloids hyoscyamine and scopolamine, and is the source of hyoscyamus

called also black henbane, insane root

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