Definition of jimson weed in English:

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jimson weed

Pronunciation: /ˈjimsən ˌwēd/
(also jimpson weed)


North American
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1A strong-smelling poisonous datura with large, trumpet-shaped white flowers and toothed leaves, which has become a weed of waste ground in many countries.
  • Datura stramonium, family Solanaceae.
Example sentences
  • And I found out that jimson weed is also called Datura and has been in use as a shamanic psychotropic substance, and a folk medicine forever.
  • Datura is jimson weed and these ornamental plants with the large, white, bell-like flowers.
  • Four teenagers consumed hallucinogenic and poisonous jimson weed Thursday night and were hospitalized with fast heartbeats and impaired vision.
1.1The prickly fruit of the jimson weed, which resembles that of a horse chestnut.


Late 17th century (originally as Jamestown weed): named after Jamestown in Virginia.

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Syllabification: jim·son weed

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