deadly nightshade definition

  • noun:
    • See belladonna.
    • See bittersweet nightshade.
    • The plant Atropa belladonna, a perennial shrub of the nightshade family that contains large levels associated with the alkaloid atropine which can be lethal if drawn in excess.
    • identical to Belladonna (a).
    • poisonous perennial old-world vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in the united states
    • perennial Eurasian natural herb with reddish bell-shaped flowers and shining black colored fruits; thoroughly grown in United States; roots and leaves yield atropine
  • adjective:
    • a poisonous plant; belladonna. See under Nightshade.

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