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Definition of Belladonna

In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison.  A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?bel??d?n? n. 1 Bot. a poisonous plant, Atropa belladonna, with purple flowers and purple-black berries. Also called deadly nightshade. 2 Med. a drug prepared from this. °belladonna lily a S. African amaryllis with white or pink flowers, Amaryllis belladonna. [mod.L f. It., = fair lady, perh. from its use as a cosmetic]

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