[duh-too r-uh, -tyoo r-uh]
- any of several plants belonging to the genus Datura, of the nightshade family, including some species grown as ornamentals and usually having funnel-shaped flowers and prickly pods: the leaves and seeds are the source of hallucinogenic alkaloids.
Origin of datura
1655–65; < New Latin < Hindi dhatūra jimson weed < Sanskrit dhattūra
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Bumping along the trail into Datura, Aaron Stoltzfoos studied the land.
In the morning, Stoltzfoos prepared for his trip into Datura by donning his Sunday-best.
The juice of the leaves is an antidote for the Datura (Stramonium).The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
No antidote is known.531 Another species, namely, Datura tatula, is now preferred for cigars or cigarettes.
An alkaloid obtained from common henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), and also from the thorn apple (Datura stramonium).
- any of various chiefly Indian solanaceous plants of the genus Datura, such as the moonflower and thorn apple, having large trumpet-shaped flowers, prickly pods, and narcotic properties
C16: from New Latin, from Hindi dhatūra jimson weed, from Sanskrit dhattūra
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