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nightshade

[nahyt-sheyd] /ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd/
noun
1.
any of various plants of the genus Solanum, especially the black nightshade or the bittersweet.
2.
any of various other related plants, as the deadly nightshade.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English nihtscada. See night, shade
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  • The green is the same chemical that is in the poisonous evening nightshade.
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British Dictionary definitions for nightshade

nightshade

/ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd/
noun
1.
any of various solanaceous plants, such as deadly nightshade, woody nightshade, and black nightshade
Word Origin
Old English nihtscada, apparently night + shade, referring to the poisonous or soporific qualities of these plants
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Word Origin and History for nightshade
n.

Old English nihtscada, literally "shade of night," perhaps in allusion to the poisonous berries. A common Germanic compound, cf. Dutch nachtschade, German Nachtschatten.

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