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hemlock

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noun hem·lock \ˈhem-ˌläk\

Simple Definition of hemlock

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hemlock

  1. 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. 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 in a sentence

  1. Socrates died after drinking hemlock.



Origin and Etymology of hemlock

Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic


First Known Use: before 12th century


HEMLOCK Defined for Kids

hemlock

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noun hem·lock \ˈhem-ˌläk\

Definition of hemlock for Students

  1. 1 :  an evergreen tree related to the pine

  2. 2 :  a poisonous plant with small white flowers and leaves divided into many parts




Medical Dictionary

hemlock

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noun hem·lock \ˈhem-ˌläk\

Medical Definition of hemlock

  1. 1a:  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 flowersb:  conium 2

  2. 2:  a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock—compare coniine




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