squill

[skwil]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. the plant itself.
  3. any related plant of the genus Scilla.

Origin of squill

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin squilla, variant of scilla < Greek skílla
Related formssquill-like, adjective
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squill

noun
  1. See sea squill
  2. the bulb of the sea squill, formerly used medicinally as an expectorant after being sliced and dried
  3. any Old World liliaceous plant of the genus Scilla, such as S. verna (spring squill) of Europe, having small blue or purple flowers

Word Origin for squill

C14: from Latin squilla sea onion, from Greek skilla, of obscure origin
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