trom·​pi·​llo | \ trämˈpē(ˌ)(y)ō \
plural -s

Definition of trompillo

: a weedy nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) ranging from the central U.S. to South America with silvery foliage, violet, blue, or white flowers, and a roundish berry widely used by the natives to curdle milk

called also prairie berry, purple nightshade, silverleaf nightshade

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History and Etymology for trompillo

Spanish, probably diminutive of trompa horn, trumpet, nozzle, probably of Germanic origin like Italian tromba trumpet

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“Trompillo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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