A poisonous annual plant (Datura stramonium) in the nightshade family, having large, trumpet-shaped white or purplish flowers and prickly egg-shaped seed capsules.
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