nigella

noun
ni·​gel·​la | \nī-ˈje-lə \

Definition of nigella 

: any of a genus (Nigella) of erect annual herbs of the buttercup family having dissected threadlike leaves and usually blue or white flowers especially : love-in-a-mist

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For seeds that fall out easily, such as Papaver poppies, foxgloves or nigella, this may mean simply turning the pods upside down over a shallow pan so the seeds can fall out. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 Among flowers, good bets are breadseed or ladybird poppies, California poppies, foxglove, nigella, columbine, nicotiana, bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, coreopsis, calendula and scabiosa. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemesia, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Spruce bark beetles are back with a vengeance. Here’s how to defend your trees.," 19 Apr. 2018 Sprinkle with nigella seeds, if using, and sea salt. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Charred Sweet Potatoes with Toum," 19 Mar. 2018 Most of the oils utilize a black seed (nigella sativa) oil base and are infused with spices. Justin Fornal, National Geographic, "In Zanzibar, a Traditional Herbalist Exorcises Evil Spirits," 29 Jan. 2016 Sprinkle on nigella seeds, salt and pepper to taste, and olive oil. Rakhee Yadav, Redbook, "The New—and Only—Way to Eat Watermelon This Summer," 1 July 2014 Most of the oils utilize a black seed (nigella sativa) oil base and are infused with spices. Justin Fornal, National Geographic, "In Zanzibar, a Traditional Herbalist Exorcises Evil Spirits," 29 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of nigella

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nigella

New Latin, from Late Latin, a black-seeded plant, from feminine of Latin nigellus

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