Etymology-wise, what poison is a
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The name belladonna - which denotes the deadly poison
nightshade - means "fair lady" in Italian.
Belladonna was once used as a cosmetic because small doses cause the pupils to
dilate, thus making the lady's eyes sparkle.
And, by the way, Cleopatra is said to have used it. In addition to
dilating the eyes, it has other anti-parasympathetic nervous system effects
-including dryness of certain mucosal membranes...
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Isn't it useful in small doses as some sort of potion? I'd assume
it'd be an aphrodisiac, as it makes a woman more appealing, what with the
dilated pupils and all.
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