One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A poisonous datura with large trumpet-shaped white flowers and toothed leaves, which has become a weed of waste ground in many countries.
Datura stramonium, family SolanaceaeAlso called jimson weed in North America
- ‘Recipes of love stimulants frequently contained such plants, especially henbane, mandrake, and in later times thorn apple.’
- ‘Important are the accounts of opium, aconite, hemlock, and the thorn apple, showing careful study of widely known poisons.’
- 1.1 The prickly fruit of the thorn apple, which resembles that of a horse chestnut.
- ‘‘As well as being a hallucinogenic,’ says Phillips, ‘the thorn apple has a fiery, hot taste and causes sweating and burning sensations throughout the body’.’
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