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hemlock

noun hem·lock \ˈhem-ˌläk\

: an evergreen tree with soft wood

: a type of poisonous plant that has small white flowers

: a deadly drug or drink made from this plant

Full Definition of HEMLOCK

1
a :  any of several poisonous herbs (as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
b :  a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock
2
:  any of a genus (Tsuga) of evergreen coniferous trees of the pine family; also :  the soft light splintery wood of a hemlock

Examples of HEMLOCK

  1. Socrates died after drinking hemlock.

Origin of HEMLOCK

Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic
First Known Use: before 12th century

hemlock

noun hem·lock \ˈhem-ˌläk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEMLOCK

1
a :  any of several poisonous herbs (as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) having finely cut leaves and small white flowers b :  conium 2
2
:  a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock—compare coniine
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