One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrubby annual plant with large, erect, trumpet-shaped flowers, native to southern North America. They contain toxic or narcotic alkaloids and are used as hallucinogens by some American Indian peoples.
- ‘At the end, the Indian heroine commits suicide by biting a poisonous datura flower because her British lover is deserting her.’
- ‘On inquiry, we found that the patient's relatives had made him drink a preparation made from the locally available datura (known as thorn apple or devil's weed) leaves, which contain atropine as the principal active alkaloid.’
- ‘According to some accounts, zombies are fed a paste made from datura stramonium - the zombie's cucumber - that contains tropane alkaloids capable of inducing a psychotic state.’
- ‘You also might consider a gardenia, white-flowering duranta, white datura (can trigger allergy) and ‘Ducher,’ an antique white rose, for sun.’
- ‘Despite its name, Eryngium Blue from DT Brown is not a sea holly but a bright-blue datura or jimson weed.’
Modern Latin, from Hindi dhatūrā, from Sanskrit dhustur.
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