- any of several annual herbs of the genus Nigella, having dissected leaves and showy blue or white flowers.
Also called ni·gel·la [nahy-jel-uh] /naɪˈdʒɛl ə/.
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Nigella Lawson used cocaine, cannabis and prescription pills daily for more than a decade, a court in London heard Tuesday.Court Claim: Nigella Lawson Took Drugs Every Day for a Decade
November 26, 2013
To the non-art-buying public, Saatchi was best known for his wife, the celebrity cook and writer Nigella Lawson.Charles Saatchi: From Saatchi & Saatchi to Allegedly Choking Nigella Lawson
June 18, 2013
Nigella left the family home in Chelsea on Sunday, after the pictures were published, supported by her 17-year-old son Bruno.Saatchi Admits Assaulting Nigella And Accepts Police Caution
June 17, 2013
It is inconceivable to many that that Nigella could be a victim of domestic violence.Nigella Lawson Leaves Home as Charles Saatchi Calls Choking a ‘Playful Tiff’
June 17, 2013
The shocking abuse saw Nigella, 53, leave Scott's restaurant in Mayfair in floods of tears.
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.The Children's Book of Gardening
Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
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.Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products
- any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Nigella, from the Mediterranean and W Asia, esp N. damascenaSee love-in-a-mist
New Latin, diminutive of Latin niger black, from the colour of the seeds