Nightshade Definition

nītshād
noun
Any of a large genus (Solanum) of chiefly tropical plants of the nightshade family, with five-lobed leaves and flowers of various colors, including the black nightshade.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Designating a large family (Solanaceae, order Solanales) of poisonous and nonpoisonous dicotyledonous plants chiefly of warm regions, generally having a round stem, rank smell, and watery sap, and including the tobaccos, red peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, petunias, and eggplant.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Nightshade

Noun

Singular:
nightshade
Plural:
nightshades

Origin of Nightshade

  • Middle English from Old English nihtscada niht night night sceadu shade

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

  • Old English nihtscada, apparently corresponding to night + shade.

    From Wiktionary

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