[ sab-uh-dil-uh ]
/ ˌsæb əˈdɪl ə /
Save This Word!


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.



Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of sabadilla

First recorded in 1805–15; from Spanish cebadilla “Indian caustic barley,” diminutive of cebada (feminine) “barley” ultimately from Latin cibātus (masculine) “fodder, nutriment,” equivalent to cibā(re) “to feed” + -tus suffix of verbal action

Words nearby sabadilla

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for sabadilla

British Dictionary definitions for sabadilla

/ (ˌsæbəˈdɪlə) /


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

Word Origin for sabadilla

C19: from Spanish cebadilla, diminutive of cebada barley, from Latin cibāre to feed, from cibus food
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012