[ sab-uh-dil-uh ]
/ ˌsæb əˈdɪl ə /


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.

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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. 2020

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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
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