datura

noun
da·​tu·​ra | \də-ˈt(y)u̇r-ə \

Definition of datura 

: any of a genus (Datura) of widely distributed strong-scented herbs, shrubs, or trees of the nightshade family including some used as sources of medicinal alkaloids (such as stramonium) or in folk rites or illicitly for their poisonous, narcotic, or hallucinogenic properties — compare jimsonweed

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Cuttings of datura and succulents culled from holidays in Greece or Malta or Portugal have taken to the arid Sardinian soil. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "An Exclusive Tour of Angela Missoni’s Sardinian Vacation House," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of datura

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for datura

ultimately from Hindi dhatūrā jimsonweed (or a cognate descendant of Sanskrit dhattūraḥ)

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datura

noun
da·​tu·​ra | \də-ˈt(y)u̇r-ə \

Medical Definition of datura 

1 capitalized : a genus of widely distributed strong-scented herbs, shrubs, or trees of the family Solanaceae including some used as sources of medicinal alkaloids (as stramonium from jimsonweed) or in folk rites or illicitly for their poisonous, narcotic, or hallucinogenic properties

2 : any plant or flower of the genus Datura

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