Other Word Forms of Belladonna
Origin of Belladonna
Italian bella feminine of bello beautiful (from Latin bellus deu-2 in Indo-European roots) donna lady Donna (the plant perhaps being so called because women of Italian courts during the Renaissance are said to have used the juice of belladonna berries to make their eyes more attractive by dilating their pupils)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Italian bella donna, literally 'beautiful lady', altered by folk etymology from Medieval Latin bladona 'nightshade', from Gaulish. The folk etymology was motivated by the cosmetic use of nightshade for dilating the eyes.
Belladonna Is Also Mentioned In
Find Similar Words
Find similar words to belladonna using the buttons below.