1. any tree, shrub, or herbaceous plant of the mainly tropical solanaceous genus Solanum: includes the potato, aubergine, and certain nightshades

Word Origin for solanum

C16: from Latin: nightshade
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Examples from the Web for solanum

Historical Examples of solanum

  • A similar formation occurs in the fruit of some species of Solanum.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The seeds also are hairy; and the berry is wrinkled, and not of so firm a texture as in Solanum.

  • There are several species, all of which were formerly included in the genus Solanum.

  • Olea europæa, Oryza sativa, Solanum tuberosum, Vitis vinifera.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants

    Alphonse De Candolle

  • Leaves of Solanum jasminoides, the petiole adapted for climbing.