<botany> A common name of many species of the genus Solanum, given especially. To the Solanum nigrum, or black nightshade, a low, branching weed with small white flowers and black berries reputed to be poisonous. Deadly nightshade. Same as Belladonna . Enchanter's nightshade. See Enchanter. Stinking nightshade. See Henbane. Three-leaved nightshade. See Trillium.

Origin: AS. Nichtscadu.

(01 Mar 1998)