- any of several poisonous plants belonging to the genus Cicuta, of the parsley family, as C. virosa of Europe, and C. maculata of North America, growing in swamps and marshy places.
Origin of water hemlock
First recorded in 1755–65
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- another name for cowbane (def. 1)
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