hyoscyamus

hyoscyamus

[hahy-uh-sahy-uh-muhs]
noun
the dried leaves, with or without the tops, of the henbane, Hyoscyamus niger, containing the alkaloids hyoscyamine and scopolamine, used in medicine.

Origin:
1700–10; < Neo-Latin < Greek hyoskýamos, equivalent to hyós (genitive of hŷs hog) + kýamos bean

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hyoscyamus (ˌhaɪəˈsaɪəməs)
 
n
any plant of the solanaceous genus Hyoscyamus, of Europe, Asia, and N Africa, including henbane
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek huoskuamos, from hus pig + kuamos bean; the plant was thought to be poisonous to pigs]

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