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Insane Root (The)

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Hemlock. It is said that those who eat hemlock can see subjective things as objects. Thus, when Banquo had encountered the witches, who vanished as mysteriously as they appeared, he said to Macbeth, “Were such things [really] here, … . or have we eaten the insane root, that takes the reason prisoner,” so that our eyes see things that are not. (Macbeth, i. 3.)

⁂ Other plants “take the reason prisoner,” as the Pruna insana, the “Indian nut,” “Hoary nightshade.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Inns of Court
Innings
Innis Fodhla [Island of Destiny]
Innocent (An)
Innocents
Innuendo
Inoculate
Inogene or Ignoge
Inquisition
Insane Root (The)
Inscription of a Coin
Insolence. (Latin, in-soleo.)
Inspired Idiot (The)
Instinct
Institutes
Instructions to the Committee
Insubri
Insult
Insulter
Intaglio (Italian)