noun, often capitalized
jim·​son·​weed | \ ˈjim(p)-sən-ˌwēd How to pronounce jimsonweed (audio) \

Definition of jimsonweed

: 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 This looks like jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), also called thorn apple because of its spiky fruit. oregonlive, "Don’t remember what type of raspberry you planted 20 years ago? Ask an expert," 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, "Americans have been lighting up for more than 3000 years, ancient pipe reveals," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of jimsonweed

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jimsonweed

Jamestown, Virginia

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“Jimsonweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jimsonweed. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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jim·​son·​weed | \ ˈjim-sən-ˌwēd How to pronounce jimsonweed (audio) \

Kids Definition of jimsonweed

: a poisonous weedy plant with bad-smelling leaves and large white or purple flowers


variants: also jimpsonweed \ ˈjim(p)-​sən-​ˌwēd How to pronounce jimsonweed (audio) \

Medical Definition of jimsonweed

: 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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