from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Solanum, such as the bittersweet nightshade, most of which have a poisonous juice.
- n. Any of various similar or related plants, such as belladonna.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus Solanum, especially black nightshade or woody nightshade.
- n. Any plant of the wider Solanaceae family, including the nightshades as well as tomato, potato, eggplant, and deadly nightshade.
- n. Belladonna or deadly nightshade, Atropa belladonna.
- n. Any of several plants likened to nightshade, usually because of similar dark-colored berries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A common name of many species of the genus Solanum, given esp. to the Solanum nigrum, or black nightshade, a low, branching weed with small white flowers and black berries reputed to be poisonous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Solanum, or of the Solanaceæ or nightshade family.
- n. The name of a few plants of other orders, as below.
- n. The darkness of the night.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. Solanum aculeatisdmum, a shrubby and prickly species with yellow berries found from North Carolina to Florida and west to Texas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit
Middle English, from Old English nihtscada : niht, night; see night + sceadu, shade.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English nihtscada, apparently corresponding to night + shade. (Wiktionary)