• synonyms

jimson weed

[jim-suh n]
  1. a coarse, rank-smelling weed, Datura stramonium, of the nightshade family, having oaklike, poisonous leaves and tubular white or lavender flowers.
Show More
Also jimpson weed [jimp-suh n] /ˈdʒɪmp sən/, Jimson weed.

Origin of jimson weed

1805–15, Americanism; variant of Jamestown weed, after Jamestown, Virginia
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for jimson weed

Historical Examples of 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 jimson-weed, which is a native of Asia, has become quite common in waste places.

  • I never heern tell of nobody carryin' jimson-weed pods in their bosoms.

    The End Of The World

    Edward Eggleston

  • Ironweed and joepye-weed are such lusty, vigorous plants, and burdock and jimson-weed.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

British Dictionary definitions for jimson weed

jimson weed

  1. 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
Show More

Word Origin for jimson weed

C17: from earlier Jamestown weed, from Jamestown, Virginia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper