ni·​gel·​la | \ nī-ˈje-lə How to pronounce nigella (audio) \

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

Examples of nigella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add the nigella seeds and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute, and sprinkle them over the sweet potatoes. Nik Sharma,, 31 July 2020 Top with the sprouts and garnish with a sprinkling of sumac and nigella seeds and serve. Naz Deravian,, 16 Mar. 2020 Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, shizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemisa, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2020 Flowers to start: Asters, nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, nemesia, marigold, nasturtiums Geese, seagulls, thrushes: This is the week! Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2020 And for a little personal Haft Seen flair, Hanif finishes off the salad with a sprinkling of nigella seeds, as many families also include seeds on their Sofreh Haft Seen to symbolize a prosperous harvest for the year to come. Naz Deravian,, 16 Mar. 2020 Sprinkle with the nigella seeds and chives, then fold again until well mixed. Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2019 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,, 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,, 6 July 2018

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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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“Nigella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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