from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ragwort.
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- n. widespread European weed having yellow daisylike flowers; sometimes an obnoxious weed and toxic to cattle if consumed in quantity
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I judge this must have been the buchailin buidhe or benweed, which the faeries bewitch and ride the same as a witch mounts her broomstick.
"Bentlam, known also to the trade by such nicknames as" benny, "" benweed, "" happy-sleep, "and others, is a shredded, moistly fibrous material of about the same consistency and texture as fine-cut chewing tobacco.