from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or belonging to the nightshade family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the order Solanaceae, which includes the nightshades.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to plants of the natural order Solanaceæ, of which the nightshade (Solanum) is the type. The order includes also the tobacco, ground cherry, tomato, eggplant, red pepper, and many more.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to the Solanaceæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to plants of the family Solanaceae (the potato family)


From New Latin Sōlānāceae, family name, from Sōlānum, type genus, from Latin sōlānum, nightshade; see solanine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From modern Latin Solanaceae, from Latin solanum ‘nightshade’. (Wiktionary)


  • Our invaluable Potato, which enters so largely into the dietary of all classes, belongs to the Nightshade tribe of [442] dangerous plants, though termed "solanaceous" as a natural order because of the sedative properties which its several genera exercise to lull pain.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • In the courts were small plantations of tobacco, and a little solanaceous plant which the Balonda use as a relish; also sugar-cane and bananas.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • The milk of goats does not coagulate with facility, like that of cows, on account of its richness; but the natives have discovered that the infusion of the fruit of a solanaceous plant, Toluane, quickly produces the effect.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • (Corn earwomm) garlic and onion, peanuts, solanaceous crops

    Chapter 7

  • Eumeta fuscescens (Pepper bagworm) solanaceous crops

    Chapter 7

  • Lymantria lunata (Tussock moth caterpillar) solanaceous crops

    Chapter 7

  • In the case of TMV, nonsolanaceous crops can replace those that have succumbed to virus, although solanaceous crops may be tried again the following season because the virus does not remain in the soil.

    5. How plants live and grow

  • There are solanaceous weeds that carry diseases harmful to solanaceous garden plants.

    5. How plants live and grow

  • Rotating crops from other families, such as chilis from the solanaceous family, will control the pathogen.

    5. How plants live and grow

  • Some diseases only affect certain crop families, for example tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) only occurs in solanaceous crops (tomato, pepper, eggplant, potato, tomatillo), and the fungus causing clubroot only on crucifers

    5. How plants live and grow


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