Etymology
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nightshade (n.)

"plant of the genus solanum," with white flowers and black poisonous berries, Middle English night-shade, from Old English nihtscada, literally "shade of night," perhaps in allusion to the berries; see night + shade (n.). A common Germanic compound, cognates: Dutch nachtschade, German Nachtschatten.

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Definitions of nightshade

nightshade (n.)
any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit;
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