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Meaning of JAMESTOWN WEED

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
 
 Synonyms: apple of Peru, common thorn apple, Datura stramonium, jimson weed, jimsonweed
 
 See Also: thorn apple

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\James"town` weed`\ (Bot.)
The poisonous thorn apple or stramonium ({Datura
stramonium}), a rank weed early noticed at Jamestown,
Virginia. See {Datura}.

Note: This name is often corrupted into jimson, jimpson, and
      gympsum.



 

 

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