Datura

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Datura thorn apple
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Datura (Bot) A genus of solanaceous plants, with large funnel-shaped flowers and a four-celled, capsular fruit.☞ The commonest species are the thorn apple (D. stramonium), with a prickly capsule (see Illust. of capsule), white flowers and green stem, and Datura tatula, with a purplish tinge of the stem and flowers. Both are narcotic and dangerously poisonous.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Datura dā-tū′ra a genus of plants, of which one, D. stramonium, or thorn-apple, has strongly narcotic properties
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL.; cf. Skr. dhattūra, Per. & Ar. tatūra, Tatūla,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. dhatūrā.

Usage

In literature:

I therefore requested Mr. Merck, of Darmstadt, to send me all the bases which he obtained from datura.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882" by Various
Now the odor of the daturas rises and perfumes all the air, mingled with that of lemon leaves, bruised by the hail.
"Barks and Purrs" by Colette Willy, aka Colette
He has been helping her to smell the jasmine, and to look down the datura's great white trumpet-throats.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
Visitors to the farm greatly admired the large, creamy-white lily-like blossoms of the datura.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
At Khumna, I noticed Pinus longifolia, Pyrus malus, Achyranthes dense, Cirrus, Urtica urens, tobacco, Musa, Datura, Artemisia major.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The kachubong (Datura metel) appears also to flourish mostly by the seaside.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Even the datura in the garden!
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Datura looked to Aaron like a city from the Bible, giving it a certain vicarious familiarity.
"Blind Man's Lantern" by Allen Kim Lang
The Darien Indians use the seeds of the Datura Sanguinea to induce visions.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
Her magnificent beauty shone in it like a grand white flower of the datura under the suns of autumn.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
***

In news:

If poisonous plants such as datura and oleander are composted, does the toxin transfer to plants grown in the compost.
A This is a Datura, often confused with Brugmansia.
Royce Diamond drops third album on Datura Records.
An abiding plant in this exotic scene was the angel's trumpet , then known botanically as the datura and now as brugmansia.
***