squill

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squill

noun \ˈskwil\

Definition of SQUILL

1
a :  a Mediterranean bulbous herb (Urginea maritima) of the lily family —called also sea onion — compare red squill 1
b (1) :  the dried sliced bulb scales of a squill used as an expectorant, cardiac stimulant, and diuretic
(2) :  red squill 2
2
:  scilla

Origin of SQUILL

Middle English, from Anglo-French squille, Latin squilla, scilla, from Greek skilla
First Known Use: 14th century

squill

noun \ˈskwil\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SQUILL

1
a : a Mediterranean bulbous herb of the genus Urginea (U. maritima) of the lily family—called also sea onion b : any of several other plants of the genus Urginea c : the bulbs of a squill (especially U. maritima)
2
a : the dried sliced bulb of the white-bulbed form of the squill (Urginea maritima) of the Mediterranean region or the dried sliced bulb of a related Asian plant (U. indica) that contains one or more physically active cardiac glycosides and was formerly used as an expectorant, cardiac stimulant, and diuretic—see urginea 2a; compare white squill b : red squill 2

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