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any tree, shrub, or herbaceous plant of the mainly tropical solanaceous genus Solanum: includes the potato, aubergine, and certain nightshades
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: nightshade
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  • A similar formation occurs in the fruit of some species of solanum.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • The seeds also are hairy; and the berry is wrinkled, and not of so firm a texture as in solanum.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • There are several species, all of which were formerly included in the genus solanum.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • Olea europæa, Oryza sativa, solanum tuberosum, Vitis vinifera.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • Leaves of solanum jasminoides, the petiole adapted for climbing.

  • It belongs to the solanum family, and is only worth cultivating as a curiosity.

  • Cases of this kind occurring in Melastoma and solanum have been put on record by M. Alph.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • De Candolle alludes to a case of the kind in the bean, and figures a species of solanum with three cotyledons.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • solanum molengena—the egg-shaped fruit of which is a favorite vegetable all over India.

    Old Deccan Days M. Frere
  • Wheel-shaped or rotate and five-parted corolla of Bittersweet, solanum Dulcamara.

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