so·​la·​num sə-ˈlā-nəm How to pronounce solanum (audio)

Examples of solanum in a Sentence

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, nightshade

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solanum was in 1578

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“Solanum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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
: any plant of the genus Solanum : nightshade
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