Definition of deadly nightshade in English:

deadly nightshade


  • A poisonous bushy Eurasian plant with drooping purple flowers and black cherrylike fruit.

    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.’
    • ‘For example, the poisonous plant deadly nightshade, also known as Belladonna, causes a throbbing headache, high temperature and bright red face.’
    • ‘Macrobiotics would eat cooked vegetables, but no fruit, and wouldn't touch deadly nightshade plants, such as tomatoes, peppers and aubergines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


deadly nightshade

/ˈdɛdli ˈnaɪtˌʃeɪd/