apple of Peru

apple of Peru

noun
a plant, Nicandra physalodes, of the nightshade family, having large blue flowers.
Also called shoo-fly plant.


Origin:
1775–85, Americanism

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apple of peru

noun
1. coarse South American herb grown for its blue-and-white flowers followed by a bladderlike fruit enclosing a dry berry 
2. intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits [syn: jimsonweed
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