poison hemlock

noun

Definition of poison hemlock

: a large European biennial poisonous herb (Conium maculatum) of the carrot family that is naturalized in the U.S. and has finely divided leaves and small white flowers — compare water hemlock

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Recent Examples on the Web Every part of poison hemlock is highly toxic to humans, livestock, and other animals, including your dog or cat. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2021 But poison hemlock isn’t the only poisonous plant lurking in Indiana’s natural spaces. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 Toxic invasive poison hemlock is spreading into US parks and backyard gardens. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 Cow parsnip is only slightly shorter than poison hemlock, reaching its maximum height at about 5-8 feet high. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 What to know about poison hemlock:One of the 'deadliest plants in North America' Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 This plant is easier to avoid than poison hemlock, because its roots need to remain submerged in water to survive. oregonlive, 29 June 2021 Unlike poison ivy, poison hemlock does not cause skin blistering on contact. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, 19 July 2018 People sometimes eat the roots of wild carrot, called Queen Anne's lace, which bears a striking resemblance to poison hemlock. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, 19 July 2018

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1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Poison hemlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20hemlock. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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poison hemlock

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Medical Definition of poison hemlock

1 : a large European poisonous herb of the genus Conium (C. maculatum) that is naturalized in the U.S. and has finely divided leaves and white flowers

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