- the bulb of the sea onion, Urginea maritima, of the lily family, cut into thin slices and dried, and used in medicine chiefly as an expectorant.
- the plant itself.
- any related plant of the genus Scilla.
Origin of squill
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin squilla, variant of scilla < Greek skílla
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Examples from the Web for squill
It is not improbable that the squill might have some share in this cure.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses
Blaze, Stubbs, and Squill chanced to be out that day along the shore.
Squill, being in a meditative mood, had fallen behind his comrades.
There was also a tail to the fish—which Squill called a “divil-fish”—shaped like a fin.
These plants are known to the public as Meerzwiebel (sea onion or squill), but they are only related to that plant in appearance.
- See sea squill
- the bulb of the sea squill, formerly used medicinally as an expectorant after being sliced and dried
- any Old World liliaceous plant of the genus Scilla, such as S. verna (spring squill) of Europe, having small blue or purple flowers
C14: from Latin squilla sea onion, from Greek skilla, of obscure origin
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