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water hemlock

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noun
  1. any of several poisonous plants belonging to the genus Cicuta, of the parsley family, as C. virosa of Europe, and C. maculata of North America, growing in swamps and marshy places.
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Origin of water hemlock

First recorded in 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for water hemlock

Historical Examples

  • The earliest treatise on poisoning by the water-hemlock is by Wepfer.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth

  • Among them were a species of prune, the water-hemlock, and the strawberry.

    The History of Sumatra

    William Marsden


British Dictionary definitions for water hemlock

water hemlock

noun
  1. another name for cowbane (def. 1)
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