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Nightshade \Night"shade`\, n. [AS. nichtscadu.] (Bot.) A common name of many species of the genus Solanum, given esp. 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 (a) .

Enchanter's nightshade. See under Enchanter.

Stinking nightshade. See Henbane.

Three-leaved nightshade. See Trillium.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English nihtscada, literally "shade of night," perhaps in allusion to the poisonous berries. A common Germanic compound, cognates: Dutch nachtschade, German Nachtschatten.


n. 1 (context botany English) Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus ''Solanum'', especially black nightshade or woody nightshade. 2 (context botany colloquial English) Any plant of the wider Solanaceae family, including the nightshades as well as tomato, potato, eggplant, and deadly nightshade. 3 belladonna or deadly nightshade, ''Atropa belladonna''. 4 Any of several plants likened to nightshade, usually because of similar dark-colored berries.


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

Nightshade (comics)

Nightshade is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine published by DC Comics. Created by Joe Gill and Steve Ditko, the character first appeared in Captain Atom v2 #82 (September 1966) originally published by Charlton Comics.

Nightshade (novel)

Nightshade is a 1989 science fiction novel by Jack Butler. The novel was Butler's first published foray into science fiction.

Nightshade (1992 video game)

Nightshade (In-game title is Nightshade Part 1: The Claws of Sutekh) is an action-adventure game released in 1992 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was developed by Beam Software and published by Ultra Games. The game was meant to be the first part in a series, but no sequels were ever made; however, it served as the basis for Beam Software's 1993 game '' Shadowrun.

Nightshade (1985 video game)

Nightshade is an action video game developed and published by Ultimate Play The Game. It was first released for the ZX Spectrum in 1985, and was then ported to the Amstrad CPC and BBC Micro later that year. It was also ported to the MSX exclusively in Japan in 1986. In the game, the player assumes the role of a knight who sets out to destroy four demons in a plague-infested village.

The game features flip-screen and isometric gameplay, in similar vein to its predecessors, Knight Lore and Alien 8. In addition, Nightshade features an enhanced version of the Ultimate Play The Game's Filmation game engine, branded Filmation II. The game received positive reviews upon release; critics praised its gameplay traits, graphics and colours, however one critic was divided over its perceived similarities to its predecessors.

Nightshade (disambiguation)

Nightshade is the common name for plants in the genus Solanum, and more generally for related plants in the family Solanaceae.

Nightshade(s) or Night Shade(s) may also refer to:

Nightshade (2003 video game)

Nightshade, released in Japan as , is an action video game for the PlayStation 2 (PS2), developed by Overworks and published by Sega in 2003. It is the 11th game in the Shinobi series and follows the exploits of a female ninja named Hibana. The game is a sequel to the 2002 PS2 game Shinobi.

Nightshade (Doctor Who)

Nightshade is an original novel written by Mark Gatiss and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor and Ace. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Gatiss, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #190.

Nightshade (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the nightshade is a powerful undead creature composed of darkness and evil.

In Third Edition, nightshades are native to the Plane of Shadow.

Nightshade (Marvel Comics)

Nightshade (Tilda Johnson), formerly known as Dr. Nightshade and Deadly Nightshade, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Nightshade (astronomy software)

Nightshade is a simulation and visualization software for teaching and exploring astronomy, Earth science, and related topics. Its primary purpose is for use in digital planetarium systems with additional features to allow it to also be used on desktop or laptop computers. It operates on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

Nightshade Legacy is the current stable release and is open source. With the codebase completely rewritten in Nightshade NG (Next Generation), licensing has changed from the GPL to the Nightshade Public License. The new one is a non-free license with field of use restrictions.

Usage examples of "nightshade".

Brecht and turned at last to face the outcaste Barrani lord known, in this fief, as Nightshade.

The drug runners were bringing in comine, nightshade, tabac, zimweed, but the pressure was on in Sector Sardonyx, and no one was carrying dorazine.

Lord Nightshade looked beyond them both, and met the whirling red of unlidded Dragon gaze.

The mists and vapors stirred by the cool night roiled in the low glades and hung motionless in the copses, but Maxim rode on like a venging nightshade.

As I drew nearer I noticed for the first time that it was not the common nightshade, which grew wild about the country, but was the atropa, a plant not indigenous to California.

I sat down to enjoy the picture, I became aware of some one walking behind the great clumps of nightshade, and presently a young woman stepped from behind the atropa where Madre Moreno had that morning been picking the poisonous leaves, and walked across the hollow, stepping gracefully from stone to stone till she came to the bright spot where the sun was shining, and seating herself at the foot of the wall, opened a book and began to read aloud.

Yet she did not doubt that she would hear of him, as he scattered the bits and pieces he had carried from the church—the blains and poisons that caused suffering, even death, and those, like hellebore and nightshade, that could kill or cure.

He told her how they had thought themselves finished once Nightshade had summoned her formidable magic but then had inexplicably found themselves in the High Lord’s old world, in Seattle, at Bumbershoot.

He told her how they had thought themselves finished once Nightshade had summoned her formidable magic but then had inexplicably found themselves in the High Lord's old world, in Seattle, at Bumbershoot.

For example, there is some evidence that atropine-one of the chief active ingredients in hemlock, foxglove, deadly nightshade, and jimson weed-induces the illusion of flying.

In rapid order Moon Boy became poison ivy, a patch of deadly nightshade, and a clump of red berries I wouldn't have approached with a barge pole.

The girl regarded her with eyes the deep purple of bittersweet nightshade.

Her purple-shadowed eyes narrowed suddenly, the color of bittersweet nightshade.

The only things that grew with any vigour were poisonous plants: henbane and black nightshade, hemlock and bittersweet.

One jar puzzled him, for according to the label it contained deadly nightshade.