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Hebenon

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hebenon See Henbane.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hebenon A word found only in the passage cited, where it is supposed to be an error for henbane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hebenon heb′e-non (Shak.) a poisonous juice.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. ebony, or a corr. of henbane.

Usage

In literature:

Before and in the time of Shakespeare other writers had spoken of the narcotic and poisonous effects of Heben, Hebenon, or Hebona.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Among the other explanations of this passage is the well-known one which identifies "hebenon" with henbane.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
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