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jimson weed

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

Origin of jimson weed

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jimson weed

jimson weed
/ (ˈdʒɪmsən) /

noun
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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