/ naɪˈdʒɛlə /


  1. any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Nigella, from the Mediterranean and W Asia, esp N. damascena See love-in-a-mist

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nigella1

New Latin, diminutive of Latin niger black, from the colour of the seeds

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Example Sentences

Nigella Lawson used cocaine, cannabis and prescription pills daily for more than a decade, a court in London heard Tuesday.

To the non-art-buying public, Saatchi was best known for his wife, the celebrity cook and writer Nigella Lawson.

Nigella left the family home in Chelsea on Sunday, after the pictures were published, supported by her 17-year-old son Bruno.

It is inconceivable to many that that Nigella could be a victim of domestic violence.

The shocking abuse saw Nigella, 53, leave Scott's restaurant in Mayfair in floods of tears.

Some people say they can transplant Nigella, but many gardeners prefer to sow it where it is to stand.

Of nigella he writes: “Take hede that ye take not to muche of this herbe, for if ye go beyonde the mesure it bryngeth deth.”

Baillon, in referring to these flowers, points out the resemblance that they bear to the double varieties of Nigella.

Nigella sativa (Asmud) is occasionally cultivated as a spice.

These seeds, sometimes known as fennel-flower seeds, are the product of Nigella sativa, Linn.