nightshade

noun
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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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, Health.com, "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 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

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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

noun
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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