nightshade

noun
night·​shade | \ˈnīt-ˌshād \

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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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 Wild Zora goes a step further than most other brands and lists whether each meal is free of nightshade, allium, gluten, dairy, grain, or dairy. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "This Is the Golden Age of Backpacking Food," 27 June 2018 Tomatoes are members of the same family as nightshade, tobacco and Brunfelsia. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Some of South Florida's most popular plants may be toxic to pets," 14 June 2018 Good foods were generally considered to be low in fat and taste, whereas bad foods were the kind my family regularly ate: cheese, bread, starches, nightshades, eggs. Charlotte Palermino, Bon Appetit, "A French Woman's Guide to Unabashedly Loving Butter," 23 May 2018 Note the bed that is home to the nightshades this year. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "April in the garden," 5 Apr. 2018 Plant all of your nightshade plants — tomato, pepper, eggplant, tomatillo — in the same bed. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "April in the garden," 5 Apr. 2018 Brady—who avoids white sugar, white flour, MSG, caffeine, fungus, dairy and nightshades—says that maintaining his diet allows him to enjoy an active lifestyle, on and off the field. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Tom Brady Says He'll Never Let Up on His Rigorous Diet, Even When He’s Retired," 19 Mar. 2018 At one point in the evening, the Super Bowl camera panned to the nightshade-avoiding wife of the strawberry-fearing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Here’s How Gisele Handled the Stress of the Super Bowl," 5 Feb. 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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The first known use of nightshade was before the 12th century

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nightshade

noun
night·​shade | \ˈnīt-ˌshād \

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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