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jimson weed

[jim-suh n] /ˈdʒɪm sən/
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-suh n] /ˈdʒɪmp sən/ (Show IPA),
Jimson weed.
Origin of jimson weed
1805-15, Americanism; variant of Jamestown weed, after Jamestown, Virginia Unabridged
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jimson weed

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

also jimsonweed, 1812, American English, shortening of Jamestown-weed (1680s), 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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