so·​la·​num | \sə-ˈlā-nəm, -ˈlä-, -ˈla-\

Definition of solanum 

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Know your ash from alder, your atropa belladonna from solanum nigrum?, "Can you pass this forest ranger exam from 1925?," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of solanum

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solanum

New Latin, from Latin, nightshade

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so·​la·​num | \sə-ˈlān-əm, -ˈlän-, -ˈlan- \

Medical Definition of solanum 

1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Solanaceae comprising often spiny herbs, shrubs, and trees that have white, purple, or yellow flowers and a fruit that is a berry

2 : any plant of the genus Solanum : nightshade

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