n. any of various poisonous plants, esp. of the genus Solanum, including S. nigrum (black nightshade) with black berries, and S. dulcamara (woody nightshade) with red berries.
Phrases and idioms:
deadly nightshade = BELLADONNA.
Etymology: OE nihtscada app. formed as NIGHT + SHADE, prob. with ref. to its poisonous properties

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  • nightshade — (n.) O.E. nihtscada, lit. shade of night, perhaps in allusion to the poisonous berries. A common Germanic compound, Cf. Du. nachtschade, Ger. Nachtschatten …   Etymology dictionary

  • nightshade — /nuyt shayd /, n. 1. any of various plants of the genus Solanum, esp. the black nightshade or the bittersweet. 2. any of various other related plants, as the deadly nightshade. [bef. 1000; ME; OE nihtscada. See NIGHT, SHADE] * * * ▪ plant  any… …   Universalium

  • nightshade — noun /ˈnaɪtʃeɪd/ a) Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus Solanum, especially black nightshade or woody nightshade. b) Any plant of the wider Solanaceae family, including the nightshades as well as tomato, potato, eggplant, and… …   Wiktionary

  • nightshade — /ˈnaɪtʃeɪd / (say nuychayd) noun 1. any of various plants of the genus Solanum, as black nightshade. 2. any of various other plants, as deadly nightshade. {Middle English; Old English nihtscada. See night, shade} …   Australian English dictionary

  • nightshade — noun Date: before 12th century 1. any of a genus (Solanum of the family Solanaceae, the nightshade family) of herbs, shrubs, and trees having alternate leaves, cymose flowers, and fruits that are berries and including some poisonous weeds,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nightshade — Any of a number of plants of the genus Solanum (family Solanaceae) and of some other genera of the family Solanaceae. deadly n. SYN: belladonna. * * * night·shade nīt .shād n 1) any plant …   Medical dictionary

  • nightshade — noun used in the names of a group of poisonous or narcotic plants, e.g. deadly nightshade. Origin OE nihtscada, appar. from night + shade, prob. with ref. to dark and poisonous berries …   English new terms dictionary

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