Definition of Nightshade

1. Noun. Any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit.




Definition of Nightshade

1. n. A common name of many species of the genus Solanum, given esp. to the Solanum nigrum, or black nightshade, a low, branching weed with small white flowers and black berries reputed to be poisonous.

Definition of Nightshade

1. Noun. (botany) Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus ''Solanum'', especially black nightshade or woody nightshade. ¹

2. Noun. (botany colloquial) Any plant of the wider Solanaceae family, including the nightshades as well as tomato, potato, eggplant, and deadly nightshade. ¹

3. Noun. Belladonna or deadly nightshade, ''Atropa belladonna''. ¹

4. Noun. Any of several plants likened to nightshade, usually because of similar dark-colored berries. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Nightshade

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Medical Definition of Nightshade

1. A common name of many species of the genus Solanum, given especially. To the Solanum nigrum, or black nightshade, a low, branching weed with small white flowers and black berries reputed to be poisonous. Deadly nightshade. Same as Belladonna . Enchanter's nightshade. See Enchanter. Stinking nightshade. See Henbane. Three-leaved nightshade. See Trillium. Origin: AS. Nichtscadu. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Nightshade

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1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1875)
"Climbing or woody nightshade, or bittersweet, is solanum dulcamara. ... Three-leaved nightshade is one of the common names for species of the genus ..."

2. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1920)
"He used the tomato and nightshade, two distinct and well-known species with ... If a bud arose entirely from the part that was nightshade the branch was ..."

3. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"Deadly nightshade is atropa belladonna. (See BELLADONNA. ... Three-leaved nightshade is one of the common names for species of the genus trillium. ..."

4. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1864)
"The common nightshade belongs to the natural order of solanacea, which embraces ... Its uses in ma- teria medica are well known. The enchanter's nightshade ..."

5. Micro-chemistry of poisons: Including Their Physiological, Pathological, and by Theodore George Wormley (1885)
"... to a poisonous alkaloid found in Solanum dulcamara, or Woody nightshade, ... or Garden nightshade, and in several other species of the Solanum genus of ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The term Deadly nightshade is often erroneously applied to this plant, ... It is generally accepted, however, that the deadly nightshade is Atropa ..."

7. The Mysteries of the Flowers by Herbert Waldron Faulkner (1917)
"To test this I took a flower of the nightshade and placed it upon a strip of glass, and at the apex of the anthers put a drop of adhesive Canada balsam. ..."

8. The American Botanist edited by Willard Nelson Clute (1905)
"BLACK nightshade EDIBLE.—A dealer, who recently sent out seeds of the black nightshade (Solatium nigrum) under the name of garden huckleberry, ..."

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