Nightshade meaning

nītshād
A plant of the nightshade family, especially a poisonous one of the genus Solanum or Atropa, such as bittersweet nightshade or belladonna.
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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.
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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.
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(botany) Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus Solanum, especially black nightshade or woody nightshade.
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(botany, colloquial) Any plant of the wider Solanaceae family, including the nightshades as well as tomato, potato, eggplant, and deadly nightshade.
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Belladonna or deadly nightshade, Atropa belladonna.
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Any of several plants likened to nightshade, usually because of similar dark-colored berries.
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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