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- n. henbane
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See henbane.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word found only in the passage cited, where it is supposed to be an error for henbane.
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Sleeping within my orchard, as my custom was in the afternoon, on my secure hour thy uncle stole with cursed juice of hebenon in a vial, and did pour the leprous distilment into mine ears, that curdled my blood.
How Claudius got over the great difficulty of all poisoners, that of procuring the necessary poison without detection, we are not told; by what means he distilled the "juice of cursed hebenon"; how the strange appearance of the late King's body, which "an instant tetter" had barked about with "vile and loathsome crust," was explained to the multitude we are left to imagine.
He used, the play says, distilled hebenon, supposed to be another form of the word henbane.
It is more venemous than the adder, it is more destructive than hebenon or madragora.