One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An extract of woody nightshade, used in homeopathy especially for treating skin diseases and chest complaints.
- ‘In hamsters, a high dose of extracts from Solanum elaeagnifolium, Solanum dulcamara, Solanum sarrachoides and Solanum melongena induced congenital craneo-face malformations and gastric and intestinal changes.’
- ‘However, the 2D8 probe failed to hybridize to the species within the following outgroups: S. pseudocapsicum, S. suaveolens, S. dulcamara, and C. pubescens.’
- ‘Blooming in the lawn areas were Calystegia sepium, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Crataegus sp., Matricaria matricarioides, Solanum dulcamara, Taraxacum officinale, Trifolium pratense and T. repens.’
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin (used as a specific epithet in Solanum dulcamara), from Latin dulcis ‘sweet’ + amara ‘bitter’.
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