horse nettle

noun

Definition of 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 Toxic Wild Plants That Look Like Food," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of horse nettle

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Horse nettle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horse%20nettle. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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