Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ornamental plants of the polypetalous order Ranunculaceæ, the tribe Helleboreæ, and the subtribe Isopyreæ, known by the united carpels forming a compound ovary. There are about 23 species, natives of the Mediterranean region and western Asia. They are erect annuals, with alternate feathery dissected leaves, and whitish, blue, or yellowish flowers. The species are called
fennel-flower, especially the common N. Damascena and N. sativa. Both are garden-plants, the former vividly affecting the imagination, as appears from the names bishop's-wort, devil-in-a-bush, love-in-a-mist and ragged-lady. For the latter, see fennel-flower, caraway, 2, gith, nutmeg-flower, and black cumin (under cumin).
- n. A plant of the genus Nigella; also some other plants, especially with a qualifying word.
- n. A taxonomic genus within the tribe Nigelleae — of flowering plants with distinctive finely divided leaves, the nigella..
- n. rare A female given name.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. any plant of the genus Nigella.
- n. any plant of the genus Nigella
- A 19th century flower name from nigella. Compare also the male given name Nigel. (Wiktionary)
“The Malakoff Torte shared by Not Quite Nigella is the type of cake that looks very impressive, but is surprisingly easy to make.”
“But this morning, while listening to the news I heard this delicious bit: Nigella is back on TV, with a show based on her Feast: Food to Celebrate Life book.”
“I found a royal icing recipe in Nigella Lawson's Feast, which I had from the library.”
“Philip Stone and Tom Tivnan from The Bookseller magazine, who compiled the figures from market research company Neilsen Bookscan, said: "Nigella Lawson's seasonal title Nigella's Christmas was never going to match the huge 2007 hit Nigella Express and her sales slumped accordingly.”
“Prepare for a total immersion in Nigella’s food life and the delicious feasts she cooks for herself, friends, family — from big, special occasions to small, everyday pleasures.”
“TV presenter and champion of all things poetic Daisy Goodwin, (apparently dubbed the Nigella Lawson of Poetry and you can see why from the piccy on the left!) predicts that”
“And speaking of Nigella, if you happen to be a fan, she has a new show coming to the Food Network called Nigella Express.”
“Black cumin seeds are also known as Nigella seeds.”
“VANDERBILT: Nigella, that is the essence of what your inspiration is, I think, to all of us.”
“Thymoquinone -- the major constituent of the oil extract from a Middle Eastern herbal seed called Nigella sativa used as a traditional medicinal in Middle Eastern and Asian countries -- reduces the release of inflammatory mediators in pancreatic cancer cells.”
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