- jimson weed
- the dried leaves and flowering top of this plant, formerly used in medicine as an antispasmodic
Origin of stramoniumModern Latin
- The jimsonweed.
- The dried poisonous leaves of this plant, formerly used for medicinal purposes.
Origin of stramoniumNew Latin probably ultimately from Old Catalan estremoni datura perhaps (in reference to its hallucinogenic properties) from Old Catalan estremonia astrology, magic ( from alteration of Latin astronomia astronomy ; see astronomy . ) or perhaps from alteration of Latin strūmus nightshade ( from strūma scrofulous tumor (for which nightshade was used as a cure) ) or perhaps from a source akin to Czech and Russian durman datura ( probably of Tatar origin ) ( akin to Turkish derman medicine ) ( from Persian darmān ) ( from Middle Persian) ( from Old Iranian darmān- that which contains firmness or sustenance ) ( akin to Sanskrit dharmah statute, law ; see dharma . )