Definition of belladonna noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌbeləˈdɒnə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbeləˈdɑːnə//
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  1. 1 = deadly nightshade
  2. 2 a poisonous drug made from deadly nightshade
  3. Word Originmid 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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