1. a Mexican plant, Schoenocaulon officinale, of the lily family, having long, grasslike leaves and bitter seeds.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a tropical American liliaceous plant, Schoenocaulon officinale
  2. the bitter brown seeds of this plant, which contain the alkaloids veratrine and veratridine and are used in insecticides

Word Origin for sabadilla

C19: from Spanish cebadilla, diminutive of cebada barley, from Latin cibāre to feed, from cibus food
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