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belladonna


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Belladonna  \Bel`la*don"na\,  n.  [It.,  literally  fine  lady;  bella 
  beautiful  +  donna  lady.]  (Bot.) 
  a  An  herbaceous  European  plant  ({Atropa  belladonna})  with 
  reddish  bell-shaped  flowers  and  shining  black  berries. 
  The  whole  plant  and  its  fruit  are  very  poisonous,  and  the 
  root  and  leaves  are  used  as  powerful  medicinal  agents. 
  Its  properties  are  largely  due  to  the  alkaloid  atropine 
  which  it  contains.  Called  also  {deadly  nightshade}. 
  b  A  species  of  {Amaryllis}  ({A.  belladonna});  the 
  belladonna  lily. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  belladonna 
  n  1:  perennial  Eurasian  herb  with  reddish  bell-shaped  flowers  and 
  shining  black  berries;  extensively  grown  in  United 
  States;  roots  and  leaves  yield  atropine  [syn:  {deadly 
  nightshade},  {Atropa  belladonna}] 
  2:  an  alkaloidal  extract  or  tincture  of  the  poisonous 
  belladonna  herb  that  is  used  medicinally 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BELLADONNA,  n.  In  Italian  a  beautiful  lady;  in  English  a  deadly 
  poison.  A  striking  example  of  the  essential  identity  of  the  two 
  tongues. 
 
 




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