hemlock


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hemlock \Hem"lock\, n. [OE. hemeluc, humloc, AS. hemlic,
   hymlic.]
   1. (Bot.) The name of several poisonous umbelliferous herbs
      having finely cut leaves and small white flowers, as the
      Cicuta maculata, Cicuta bulbifera, and {Cicuta
      virosa}, and the Conium maculatum. See Conium.
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   Note: The potion of hemlock administered to Socrates is by
         some thought to have been a decoction of {Cicuta
         virosa}, or water hemlock, by others, of {Conium
         maculatum}.
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   2. (Bot.) An evergreen tree common in North America ({Abies
      Canadensis} or Tsuga Canadensis); hemlock spruce.
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            The murmuring pines and the hemlocks. --Longfellow.
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   3. The wood or timber of the hemlock tree.
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   Ground hemlock, or Dwarf hemlock. See under Ground.
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