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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.


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

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

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