from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Solanum, such as the bittersweet nightshade, most of which have a poisonous juice.
- n. Any of various similar or related plants, such as belladonna.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus Solanum, especially black nightshade or woody nightshade.
- n. Any plant of the wider Solanaceae family, including the nightshades as well as tomato, potato, eggplant, and deadly nightshade.
- n. Belladonna or deadly nightshade, Atropa belladonna.
- n. Any of several plants likened to nightshade, usually because of similar dark-colored berries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Solanum, or of the Solanaceæ or nightshade family.
- n. The name of a few plants of other orders, as below.
- n. The darkness of the night.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. Solanum aculeatisdmum, a shrubby and prickly species with yellow berries found from North Carolina to Florida and west to Texas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit
And yet it's also classified as a nightshade which, along with potatoes, peppers and eggplants, are considered toxic by many health gurus.
Despite much publicity, there is no scientific evidence to support the theory that arthritis is made worse by the so-called nightshade vegetables, which include tomatoes, potatoes, green pepper, and eggplant.
The babe does not know that the nightshade is a poison; but its mother knows.
We do not call the nightshade a weed in our hedges, nor the scarlet agaric in our woods.
And there were interesting plants; for example, I now know what one kind of nightshade looks like.
a species of nightshade, which is to be found abundantly in the neighbourhood of Jericho.
The plant is different from deadly nightshade which is rare in New Zealand.
From the mistranslation department: Culinaria one day featured baked "nightshade" as part of its takeaway menu.
Researchers have developed improved lines of amaranth, African eggplant, African nightshade, and cowpea, for example.
"In terms of crops, plants in the nightshade family including tomatoes, peppers and eggplants worked very well," he said.