- a Mexican plant, Schoenocaulon officinale, of the lily family, having long, grasslike leaves and bitter seeds.
- the seeds of this plant, formerly used medicinally and as a source of veratrine and veratridine.
Origin of sabadilla
1805–15; < Spanish cebadilla Indian caustic barley, diminutive of cebada barley (feminine) ≪ Latin cibātus (masculine) fodder, nutriment, equivalent to cibā(re) to feed + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for sabadilla
Alcoholic extract of sabadilla; Extractum sabadill, L. Prep.
- a tropical American liliaceous plant, Schoenocaulon officinale
- the bitter brown seeds of this plant, which contain the alkaloids veratrine and veratridine and are used in insecticides
C19: from Spanish cebadilla, diminutive of cebada barley, from Latin cibāre to feed, from cibus food