wild fennel

Also called ni·gel·la [nahy-jel-uh] /naɪˈdʒɛl ə/.
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Historical Examples of nigella

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

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

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

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • 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.”

    The Old English Herbals

    Eleanour Sinclair Rohde

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

British Dictionary definitions for nigella


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

Word Origin for nigella

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