wild fennel


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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/ (naɪˈdʒɛlə) /


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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