Jimsonweed meaning

jĭmsən-wēd
A poisonous annual plant (Datura stramonium) in the nightshade family, having large, trumpet-shaped white or purplish flowers and prickly egg-shaped seed capsules.
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(botany, US) A poisonous plant Datura stramonium, in the nightshade (Solanaceae) family. A hallucinogen occasionally ingested by those looking for a cheap high.
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Origin of jimsonweed

  • Alteration of Jamestown weed after Jamestown , Virginia, where in 1676 regimental cooks inadvertently fed the plant to British soldiers and intoxicated them

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Jimson (alteration of Jamestown) + weed

    From Wiktionary