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 According to a small, national survey of psoriasis patients' dietary habits described in the journal Dermatology and Therapy, more than half of respondents reported skin improvements after reducing their intake of nightshade veggies. Sarah Lemire,, 12 Oct. 2021 Even so, they were still regarded with skepticism and fear because botanists recognized them as relatives of the poisonous nightshade, belladonna. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 Cestrum aurantiacum is a semi-tropical plant in the nightshade family (tomatoes) native to Guatemala. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2021 June discovers that Esther has been poisoning her husband with nightshade to keep him under her control. Erik Kain, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Plants in the nightshade family — tomato, pepper, eggplant, tomatillo — are all susceptible to the same suite of soil pathogens. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 During one July jaunt to Gowanus in Brooklyn, Mr. Brown noted purple sprouts of sticky nightshade, a plant native to South America. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2021 In 2014, Bock’s team used this method to create a new species in the nightshade family with a combination of nuclear and organelle genomes that could not have arisen from hybridization. Quanta Magazine, 20 Jan. 2021 Garlic, not fire, ruled the nightshade in the generous bowl eggplant in garlic sauce, the healthy bowl of which retained loads of heat — the temperature kind — in its formidable slices. Amy Drew Thompson,, 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nightshade

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

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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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