deadly nightshade
Belladonna Bel`la*don"na, n. [It., literally fine lady; bella beautiful + donna lady.] (Bot.) (a) An herbaceous European plant ({Atropa belladonna}) with reddish bell-shaped flowers and shining black berries. The whole plant and its fruit are very poisonous, and the root and leaves are used as powerful medicinal agents. Its properties are largely due to the alkaloid atropine which it contains. Called also {deadly nightshade}. (b) A species of {Amaryllis} ({Amaryllis belladonna}); the belladonna lily. [1913 Webster]

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  • Deadly nightshade — deadly dead ly, a. 1. Capable of causing death; mortal; fatal; destructive; certain or likely to cause death; as, a deadly blow or wound. [1913 Webster] 2. Aiming or willing to destroy; implacable; desperately hostile; flagitious; as, deadly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deadly nightshade — Nightshade Night shade , n. [AS. nichtscadu.] (Bot.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deadly nightshade — n BELLADONNA (1) * * * belladonna (def. 1) …   Medical dictionary

  • deadly nightshade — n [U and C] a poisonous European plant = ↑belladonna …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deadly nightshade — n. BELLADONNA (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • deadly nightshade — paprastasis karklavijas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Solanum dulcamara), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Solanum dulcamara angl. bitter nightshade; bitter sweet; bittersweet;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • deadly nightshade — UK [ˌdedlɪ ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms deadly nightshade : singular deadly nightshade plural deadly nightshades a poisonous plant with purple flowers and black fruit …   English dictionary

  • deadly-nightshade — vaistinė šunvyšnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Atropa belladonna), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Atropa belladonna angl. belladonna;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • deadly nightshade — noun 1. perennial Eurasian herb with reddish bell shaped flowers and shining black berries; extensively grown in United States; roots and leaves yield atropine • Syn: ↑belladonna, ↑belladonna plant, ↑Atropa belladonna • Hypernyms: ↑herb,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • deadly nightshade — noun The plant Atropa belladonna, a perennial shrub of the nightshade family that contains high concentrations of the alkaloid atropine which can be deadly if taken in excess …   Wiktionary

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