belladonna /ˌbɛləˈdɒnə/


I. noun

1. deadly nightshade.
2. [ mass noun] a drug prepared from the leaves and root of deadly nightshade, containing atropine.
– origin mid 18th cent.: from modern Latin, from Italian bella donna ‘fair lady’, perhaps from the use of its juice to add brilliance to the eyes by dilating the pupils.

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