Meaning of “deadly nightshade” in the English Dictionary

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"deadly nightshade" in British English

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deadly nightshadenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌded.li ˈnaɪt.ʃeɪd/ us /ˌded.li ˈnaɪt.ʃeɪd/ also belladonna

Examples from literature

  • Did you wish to remove a troublesome rival or an elder brother, you treated him to a dose of deadly nightshade. 
  • Her eyes were purple-black, like the berries of the deadly nightshade seen in the twilight. 
  • It was the deadly nightshade, and a handful of the berries spelt death. 
  • The air on the lower ground is charged with the poisonous gases which exude from the marsh, while in the woods it is heavy with the dank odours of deadly nightshade and poison ivy. 
  • To the nightshade family belong plants that are poisonous and plants that are not, but the thrilling name, deadly nightshade, carries with it the certainty of poison. 

(Definition of “deadly nightshade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)