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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bel`la*don"na
An herbaceous European plant (Atropa belladonna) with reddish bell-shaped flowers and shining black berries. The whole plant and its fruit are very poisonous, and the root and leaves are used as powerful medicinal agents. Its properties are largely due to the alkaloid atropine which it contains. Called also deadly nightshade.A species of Amaryllis Amaryllis belladonna); the belladonna lily.

Etymology: It., literally fine lady; bella beautiful + donna lady

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  1. An alkaloidal extract or tincture of the poisonous belladonna plant that is used medicinally
  2. Perennial Eurasian herb with reddish bell-shaped flowers and shining black berries; extensively grown in United States; roots and leaves yield atropine

Borrowing from Italian belladonna (bella donna, literally “beautiful lady”), altered by folk etymology from Medieval Latin blādōna (“nightshade”), from Gaulish *blātōnā, blātunā, from Proto-Celtic *blātus (“flower”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰléh₃tus, from *bʰleh₃- (“blossom, flower”). The folk etymology was motivated by the cosmetic use of nightshade for dilating the eyes.

  1. A plant, Atropa belladonna, having purple bell-shaped flowers and poisonous black glossy berries.
  2. An alkaloid extracted from this plant, sometimes used medicinally, containing atropine.

belladonna was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Finnish, Italian, and Latin

Notable Persons Named Belladonna

Belladonna was given the name Michelle Anne Sinclair on May 21st, 1981 in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. Belladonna is also known as Sinclair and Michelle Anne.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Belladonna

Belladonna was given the name Michelle Anne Sinclair on May 21st, 1981 in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. Belladonna is also known as Sinclair and Michelle Anne.


Joey Belladonna is a heavy metal music and thrash metal musician. He plays vocals, drums, turntables, keyboard, synthesizer, and Phonograph. He was most active from 1984 to 1984. Joey was given the name Joseph Bellardini on October 13th, 1960 in Oswego, New York, US.


Marco Belladonna is a soccer player for the A.S. Roma and Cosenza Calcio 1914. Marco was born on June 15th, 1916 in Rome, Italy.


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Fun Facts about the name Belladonna

  • How Popular is the name Belladonna? Belladonna is the 23,311th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Belladonna have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 257 babies born with the first name Belladonna in the United States. That's more than enough people named Belladonna to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Belladonna? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2001 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Belladonna first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Belladonna is Friday, October 1st, 1915.
  • What year had the most people named Belladonna born? The highest recorded use of the first name Belladonna was in 2009 with a total of 31 babies.
  • Random Belladonna Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Belladonna is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Belladonna: Your name in reverse order is Annodalleb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nnloaabdle. How do you pronounce that?

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