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Etymology-wise, what poison is a fair lady?




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Answer: belladonna

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.

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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...
belstrauss at yahoo.com
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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.
bapada at aol.com
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