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.
- squill-like, adjective
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How to use squill in a sentence
His complaints increasing, the squill was pushed as far as could be borne, but without any good effect.
After trying squill medicines without effect, he was ordered to take Pulv.
After trying squill and other medicines to no purpose, I directed a decoction of the Fol.
After a trial of squill, fixed alkaly, and dulcified spirit of nitre, I directed Pulv.
I therefore once more directed squill, with decoction of seneka and sal sodæ; but it was inefficacious.
British Dictionary definitions for squill
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
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