- 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
Examples from the Web for nightshade
Alas for the mingling of the nightshade with the marriage garlands!The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
We do not call the nightshade a weed in our hedges, nor the scarlet agaric in our woods.Proserpina, Volume 1
Forth they come exulting,—the nightshade and the lily, the thistle and the rose.The Love Story of Abner Stone
Edwin Carlile Litsey
Circa alpina (enchanter's nightshade), very common in woods.The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
This is the Latin name of the Nightshade, meaning "quieting."Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
- any of various solanaceous plants, such as deadly nightshade, woody nightshade, and black nightshade
- See enchanter's nightshade
Word Origin and History for nightshade
Old English nihtscada, literally "shade of night," perhaps in allusion to the poisonous berries. A common Germanic compound, cf. Dutch nachtschade, German Nachtschatten.