thorn-apple

thorn apple

[thawrn]
noun
1.
any poisonous plant belonging to the genus Datura, of the nightshade family, the species of which bear capsules covered with prickly spines, especially the jimson weed, D. stramonium.
2.
the fruit of certain hawthorns of the genus Crataegus.

Origin:
1570–80

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thorn apple
 
n
1.  See also stramonium US and Canadian name: jimson weed a poisonous solanaceous plant, Datura stramonium, of the N hemisphere, having white funnel-shaped flowers and spiny capsule fruits
2.  any other plant of the genus Datura
3.  the fruit of certain types of hawthorn

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