- a coarse, rank-smelling weed, Datura stramonium, of the nightshade family, having oaklike, poisonous leaves and tubular white or lavender flowers.
Origin of jimson weed
Examples from the Web for jimson weed
Part of the initiation of boys consisted of the drinking of jimson-weed.The Religion of the Indians of California
A. L. Kroeber
The shamans and others sometimes take the jimson-weed (smal-a-ga-to´-a), pound it up, soak it, and drink the decoction.The Indians of the Painted Desert Region
George Wharton James
The jimson-weed, which is a native of Asia, has become quite common in waste places.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
I never heern tell of nobody carryin' jimson-weed pods in their bosoms.The End Of The World
Ironweed and joepye-weed are such lusty, vigorous plants, and burdock and jimson-weed.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
- US and Canadian a poisonous solanaceous plant, Datura stramonium, of the N hemisphere, having white funnel-shaped flowers and spiny capsule fruitsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): thorn apple
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.