hemlock

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hem·lock

noun \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

hem·lock

noun \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

hemlock

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of 14 species of coniferous evergreen trees that make up the genus Tsuga, in the pine family, native to North America and central and eastern Asia. Some are important timber trees, and many are popular ornamentals. Other plants commonly called hemlock include ground hemlock (see yew), poison hemlock, and water hemlock (parsley family). A true hemlock is a tall, pyramidal tree with purplish or reddish-brown bark, slender horizontal or drooping branches, and short, blunt leaves that grow from woody cushionlike structures on the twigs.

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