datura

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noun da·tu·ra \də-ˈt(y)u̇r-ə\

Definition of datura

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of datura

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


First Known Use: 1598


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datura

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noun da·tu·ra \də-ˈt(y)u̇r-ə\

Medical Definition of datura

  1. 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. 2:  any plant or flower of the genus Datura


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