hemlock

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Conium maculatum, one of the umbellifers called hemlock
Tsuga heterophylla, one of the conifers called hemlock

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English hemlok, hemeluc, from Old English hymlīc, hymlīce (hemlock, bryony, convulvus), literally 'hops-like', from hymele (hop-vine), from Proto-Germanic *humalaz, *humalōn, of unknown origin. Perhaps from Scythian *haumala, a diminutive of *hauma (ephedra; juice), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma from Proto-Indo-European *seue- (to suck; juice).

NounEdit

hemlock (plural hemlocks)

  1. Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus Tsuga, that grow in North America; the wood of such trees.
  2. A poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera Conium, either Conium maculatum or Conium chaerophylloides.
  3. The water hemlock plant, genus Cicuta.
  4. The poison obtained from these plants.

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Last modified on 11 April 2014, at 00:46