jimpson weed

jimson weed

[jim-suhn]
noun
a coarse, rank-smelling weed, Datura stramonium, of the nightshade family, having oaklike, poisonous leaves and tubular white or lavender flowers.
Also, jimpson weed [jimp-suhn] , Jimson weed.


Origin:
1805–15, Americanism; variant of Jamestown weed, after Jamestown, Virginia

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jimson weed (ˈdʒɪmsən)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): thorn apple a poisonous solanaceous plant, Datura stramonium, of the N hemisphere, having white funnel-shaped flowers and spiny capsule fruits
 
[C17: from earlier Jamestown weed, from Jamestown, Virginia]

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jimson weed
1812, Amer.Eng. shortening of Jamestown-weed (1687), from Jamestown, Virginia colony, where it was discovered by Europeans (1676), when British soldiers mistook it for an edible plant and subsequently hallucinated for 11 days.
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