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Belladonna, or deadly nightshade,… has a long history of use as medicine, cosmetic, and poison. Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anesthetic for surgery, the ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both were rumored to have used it for murder); and, predating this, it was to make poison-tipped arrows… The name bella donna is derived from Italian and means "pretty woman” because the herb was used in eye-drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive.“

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