night·​shade | \ ˈnīt-ˌshād How to pronounce nightshade (audio) \

Definition of nightshade

1 : any of a genus (Solanum of the family Solanaceae, the nightshade family) of herbs, shrubs, and trees having alternate leaves, cymose flowers, and fruits that are berries and including some poisonous weeds, various ornamentals, and important crop plants (such as the potato and eggplant)

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Recent Examples on the Web At home, keep eggplants on the counter rather than in the refrigerator; these members of the nightshade family do not tolerate cold and moisture that damages their delicate flavor and expedites rot. Beth Dooley, Star Tribune, "Turn to eggplant for this Greek dip," 29 July 2020 Sow warm-weather plants like nightshades and cucurbits indoors for transplanting in May. Transplant aster, viola, zinnia, marigold, and delphinium from cold frames to beds. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 Could nightshades be making a comeback in Tom Brady’s diet? Julie Mazziotta,, "Tom Brady Will Eat Pizza and Bacon If He Wants It: ‘We’re Humans, Here for One Life’," 6 Aug. 2019 But there is no solid research to show that nightshades cause inflammatory conditions to develop. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "The Health Benefits of Eggplants," 8 Aug. 2019 Another friend directed me to Instagram’s #taxidermy hashtag, which is flourishing like nightshade. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 Due to their close resemblance to the poisonous nightshade plant, colonists only grew tomatoes for decoration. al, "Serve a meal inspired by Alabama’s 200-year history," 20 Aug. 2019 Without making any other changes to your diet, cut out nightshades for two to four weeks and monitor your symptoms. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "The Health Benefits of Eggplants," 8 Aug. 2019 Bushmaster becomes a force the likes of which Luke (Mike Colter) hasn't encountered before, thanks to his tenacious dedication to taking down Mariah, fueled by a strength-enhancing substance known as nightshade. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Luke Cage's' Breakout Star on Bringing Season 2's Villain to Life," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of nightshade

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nightshade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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night·​shade | \ ˈnīt-ˌshād How to pronounce nightshade (audio) \

Medical Definition of nightshade

1 : any plant of the genus Solanum (family Solanaceae, the nightshade family) which includes some poisonous weeds, various ornamental garden plants, and important crop plants (as the potato and eggplant)

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