jimsonweed

noun

jim·​son·​weed ˈjim(p)-sən-ˌwēd How to pronounce jimsonweed (audio)
often capitalized
: a poisonous tall annual weed (Datura stramonium) of the nightshade family with rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers, and roundish prickly fruits

called also thorn apple

Examples of jimsonweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ruis is suing the CHRB for absolving Baffert of a positive for scopolamine, a byproduct of jimsonweed, after Justify tested for the drug after winning the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 This looks like jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), also called thorn apple because of its spiky fruit. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2019 Their hunt, which was meant to shed light on the religious and ritualistic history of smoking, had already yielded tobacco and jimsonweed residue in pipes dating back a few hundred years. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, 15 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Jamestown, Virginia

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jimsonweed was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Jimsonweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jimsonweed. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

jimsonweed

noun
jim·​son·​weed ˈjim(p)-sən-ˌwēd How to pronounce jimsonweed (audio)
often capitalized
: a tall poisonous weed that is related to the potato and has bad-smelling leaves, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers, and a prickly fruit

Medical Definition

jimsonweed

noun
jim·​son·​weed
variants also jimpsonweed
: a poisonous tall annual weed of the genus Datura (D. stramonium) that has rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers, and prickly round fruits and that is a source of stramonium

called also Jamestown weed

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