Definition of deadly nightshade in US English:

deadly nightshade


  • A poisonous bushy Eurasian plant with drooping purple flowers and glossy black berries.

    Atropa belladonna, family Solanaceae

    Also called belladonna
    • ‘Last year, over dinner, I mentioned that the stereotype of witches flying on broomsticks came about because they used to make a hallucinogenic poultice from deadly nightshade.’
    • ‘He seemed agreeable enough, and there is something of the deadly nightshade about him.’
    • ‘These so-called host plants include many broadleaf weeds and cover crops such as nettles, mallow, chicory, dandelion, thistles, bindweed, deadly nightshade, and many clovers.’
    • ‘For example, the poisonous plant deadly nightshade, also known as Belladonna, causes a throbbing headache, high temperature and bright red face.’
    • ‘Adding to its sinister image, the moth, which takes three to four weeks to develop from caterpillar to adult, feeds on plants including deadly nightshade which is in flower at the moment.’
    • ‘Macrobiotics would eat cooked vegetables, but no fruit, and wouldn't touch deadly nightshade plants, such as tomatoes, peppers and aubergines.’


deadly nightshade

/ˈdɛdli ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd/