[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
Related formsda·tu·ric, adjective
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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

Word Origin for datura

C16: from New Latin, from Hindi dhatūra jimson weed, from Sanskrit dhattūra
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