nightshade


nightshade

noun

  1. any of various plants of the genus Solanum, especially the black nightshade or the bittersweet.
  2. any of various other related plants, as the deadly nightshade.

noun

  1. any of various solanaceous plants, such as deadly nightshade, woody nightshade, and black nightshade
  2. See enchanter’s nightshade
n.

Old English nihtscada, literally “shade of night,” perhaps in allusion to the poisonous berries. A common Germanic compound, cf. Dutch nachtschade, German Nachtschatten.

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