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 Instead of the traditional garlic, onion, poppy and sesame seeds, the blend includes sumac, turmeric, maras chile flakes, blue cornflower, sea salt, and sesame, fennel, and black nigella seeds. Ann Trieger Kurland,, 14 June 2022 Uzbek non varies across regions, from Tashkent's chewy versions to Samarkand loaves showered in black nigella seeds. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 Nicotiana and slightly spiny nigella pods add a little textural contrast. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 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 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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