- Any of various annual herbs of the genus Nigella of the buttercup family, native to Eurasia and North Africa, having finely dissected leaves, showy white, blue, or yellow solitary flowers, and an aggregate fruit composed of several follicles, including love-in-a-mist.
- See black cumin.
Origin of nigellaMiddle English, from Late Latin, black cumin, from feminine of Latin nigellus, blackish, diminutive of niger, black; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.
- (rare) A female given name.
A 19th century flower name from nigella. Compare also the male given name Nigel.