horse nettle


: a coarse prickly weed (Solanum carolinense) of the nightshade family with bright yellow fruit resembling berries

Examples of horse nettle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The horse nettle fruits and most other parts of the plant are poisonous to varying degrees from the toxic alkaloid solanine. Tim MacWelch, Outdoor Life, 13 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of horse nettle was circa 1818

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“Horse nettle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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