<Once known> only as the "flying death," curare has become one of medicine's most trusted weapons

park sang joon

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Korean
Curare is a blackish, powder like substance made from roots and bark of woody vine that grows in South America, Although many people know that curare is a deadly poison, they do not know that it can save life as well as take it. Once known only as the "flying death," curare has become one of medicine's most trusted weapons in the fight against disease.
[Source: Reading for Results Ninth Edition by Laraine Flemming]
I'd like to know if "known" means "having been know."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • cyberpedant

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    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    For some reason "once having been known as...." doesn't sound right to me, although I can't think of a "rule" that supports my feeling. Perhaps it's simply that I wouldn't use three words where one will do nicely.
     

    park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, kayve, for your kind answer.
    Thank you, cyberpedant, for your continuing support. :)
    cyberpedant said:
    Perhaps it's simply that I wouldn't use three words where one will do nicely.
    I can't come up with an appropriate term; I meant a participle expressing passive form of past perfectㅡ(having been) known.
     
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