Nigella meaning

nī-jĕl'ə
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.
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Any plant of the genus Nigella of about twelve species of annual flowering plants, the blooms of which are generally blue in colour but also found in shades of pink, white and pale purple.
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The seeds of the plant Nigella sativa, used as a culinary spice.
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(rare) A female given name.
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Origin of nigella

  • Middle English from Late Latin black cumin from feminine of Latin nigellus blackish diminutive of niger black nekw-t- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • A 19th century flower name from nigella. Compare also the male given name Nigel.
    From Wiktionary