Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant, Datura Stramonium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Local, U.S. See jamestown weed.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of jimsonweed.

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  • noun intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
  • noun intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits

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  • datura stramonium

    August 1, 2007

  • Interesting etymology for this plant name. :-)

    August 1, 2007

  • Not really a tropical plant--the Wordnet definition is wrong about that. Other Datura species are tropical, but jimson weed is native to the American Southwest, Texas & California.

    June 7, 2010

  • And of course it grows in Virginia, where Jamestown is located. :)

    June 7, 2010

  • In college, I knew some anthropology students who attempted to make jimson weed tea (not for the flavor). Don’t try this at home.

    Wikipedia has a summary of the history to which ReeseTee alludes.

    September 4, 2011

  • Yarb--have you added jamestown weed to your Datura list?

    September 6, 2011

  • I omitted it because I felt it was essentially the same as jimson weed. I am a bit of a fascist like that.

    September 6, 2011

  • *revolts against yarb's tyranny by throwing some jimson weed tea into Boston Harbor*

    September 6, 2011

  • How about stramonium, brugmansia or maikoa - deemed too uncommon?

    September 7, 2011

  • Oh, well done, ruzuzu—now Boston Harbor is full of fish who think they’re British solders, “makings mows” and demanding three centuries of back pay. (I must admit, however, that they are more antic than a Dutch droll.)

    September 7, 2011