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wild fennel

any of several annual herbs of the genus Nigella, having dissected leaves and showy blue or white flowers.
Also called nigella [nahy-jel-uh] /naɪˈdʒɛl ə/ (Show IPA). Unabridged
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  • nigella sativa (Asmud) is occasionally cultivated as a spice.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • Baillon, in referring to these flowers, points out the resemblance that they bear to the double varieties of nigella.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Some people say they can transplant nigella, but many gardeners prefer to sow it where it is to stand.

    The Children's Book of Gardening Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • Of nigella he writes: “Take hede that ye take not to muche of this herbe, for if ye go beyonde the mesure it bryngeth deth.”

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • These seeds, sometimes known as fennel-flower seeds, are the product of nigella sativa, Linn.

British Dictionary definitions for nigella


any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Nigella, from the Mediterranean and W Asia, esp N. damascena See love-in-a-mist
Word Origin
New Latin, diminutive of Latin niger black, from the colour of the seeds
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