jimson weed

[ jim-suh n ]
/ ˈdʒɪm sən /


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

Origin of jimson weed

1805–15, Americanism; variant of Jamestown weed, after Jamestown, Virginia
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jimson weed

/ (ˈdʒɪmsən) /


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 for jimson weed

C17: from earlier Jamestown weed, from Jamestown, Virginia
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