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solanum

(səʊˈleɪnəm)
n
(Plants) any tree, shrub, or herbaceous plant of the mainly tropical solanaceous genus Solanum: includes the potato, aubergine, and certain nightshades
[C16: from Latin: nightshade]
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Noun1.solanum - type genus of the Solanaceae: nightshadeSolanum - type genus of the Solanaceae: nightshade; potato; eggplant; bittersweet
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
family Solanaceae, potato family, Solanaceae - large and economically important family of herbs or shrubs or trees often strongly scented and sometimes narcotic or poisonous; includes the genera Solanum, Atropa, Brugmansia, Capsicum, Datura, Hyoscyamus, Lycopersicon, Nicotiana, Petunia, Physalis, and Solandra
nightshade - any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit
Solanum crispum, potato tree - hardy climbing shrub of Chile grown as an ornamental for its fragrant flowers; not a true potato
bittersweet, bittersweet nightshade, climbing nightshade, poisonous nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, woody nightshade, deadly nightshade - poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America
Solanum jamesii, wild potato - erect or spreading perennial of southwestern United States and Mexico bearing small pale brown to cream-colored tubers resembling potatoes
Solanum jasmoides, potato vine - copiously branched vine of Brazil having deciduous leaves and white flowers tinged with blue
eggplant bush, garden egg, mad apple, Solanum melongena, aubergine, brinjal, eggplant - hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable
naranjilla, Solanum quitoense - small perennial shrub cultivated in uplands of South America for its edible bright orange fruits resembling tomatoes or oranges
Solanum tuberosum, white potato, white potato vine, potato - annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
giant potato creeper, potato vine, Solanum wendlandii - vine of Costa Rica sparsely armed with hooklike spines and having large lilac-blue flowers
Brazilian potato tree, potato tree, Solanum macranthum, Solanum wrightii - South American shrub or small tree widely cultivated in the tropics; not a true potato
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FRIENDS OUR AT DUDLEY The poisonous deadly nightshade plant, or belladonna, which grows behind walls of the 11th century Dudley Castle in areas not accessible to the public, had an eye-opening use for medieval women.
Turning once again to the society's website, I have learned that some are based on an ancient medical idea of 'affinity.' To cite a particularly ludicrous example -the poisonous Deadly Nightshade plant (Atropa belladonna) has large black shiny berries that resemble the dilated pupils of someone with a high fever, and cause dilation of the pupils.
South Americans have developed a wide variety of local names for this plant, but it was the French botanist Michel Felix Dunal who first described the Litchi tomato scientifically, hence the common French name Morelle de Balbis (morelle is a French word for a nightshade plant; Balbis refers to the plant's Spanish origin).
LEGEND has it that Italian ladies used drops made from the Deadly Nightshade plant to make their eyes dilate - and look more attractive.