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nightshade

[ nahyt-sheyd ]
/ ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd /
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noun
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.
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Origin of nightshade

before 1000; Middle English; Old English nihtscada.See night, shade
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British Dictionary definitions for nightshade

nightshade
/ (ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd) /

noun
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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