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)
2 : belladonna 1
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Five days of no meat, no nuts, no dairy, no soy, no gluten, no caffeine, no nightshades, no sugar (including fruit), no grains, no alcohol, no, no, no.
Rigatoni alla Siciliana ($15.95) pays homage to the island of Sicily, a region known for its plump tomatoes and other hot-weather nightshades.
The Level II program is a week-long detox that cuts out dairy, GMOs, gluten, grains, meat, nightshades, sugar, and caffeine.
But paleontologists in the Patagonia region in Argentina have discovered 52 million-year-old fossilized tomatillos, which are also nightshades.
The nightshades have an ominous reputation, but this large plant family is more than just its most poisonous members, like belladonna.
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First Known Use of nightshade
before 12th century
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