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/ ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd /


any of various plants of the genus Solanum, especially the black nightshade or the bittersweet.
any of various other related plants, as the deadly nightshade.

Origin of nightshade

before 1000; Middle English; Old English nihtscada. See night, shade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nightshade

/ (ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd) /


any of various solanaceous plants, such as deadly nightshade, woody nightshade, and black nightshade

Word Origin for nightshade

Old English nihtscada, apparently night + shade, referring to the poisonous or soporific qualities of these plants
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