Definition of nightshade in English:

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nightshade

Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪtʃeɪd/

noun

A plant related to the potato, typically having poisonous black or red berries. Several kinds of nightshade have been used in the production of herbal medicines.
Example sentences
  • Bessey disarmingly recounts how: I was lecturing on the properties of the plants constituting the Solanaceae, and, as a matter of course, said that the berries of the black nightshade were poisonous.
  • As it is, the potato belongs to the botanical family, Solanacea, to which poisonous plants like the nightshade belong.
  • Dock, foxtail, jimsonweed, johnsongrass, morning glory, wild nightshades and ragweed indicate a soil low in calcium and phosphorus.

Origin

Old English nihtscada, apparently from night + shade, probably with reference to the dark colour and poisonous properties of the berries. Compare with German Nachtschatten.

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