Borrowed from Italian belladonna (altered by folk etymology: bella donna (“beautiful lady”)) from Medieval Latin blādōna (“nightshade”), of Gaulish origin. The folk etymology was motivated by the cosmetic use of nightshade for dilating the eyes.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌbɛləˈdɑnə/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌbɛləˈdɒnə/
- Rhymes: -ɒnə
belladonna (countable and uncountable, plural belladonnas...