poison hemlock


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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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, "Poison hemlock and wild parsnip: Rain causes dangerous weeds to flourish," 19 July 2018 Before downloading iNaturalist, Google helped me narrow down the flower’s identity: wild carrot (Daucus carota) or poison hemlock (Conium maculatum). Ferris Jabr, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: iNaturalist," 6 Dec. 2017

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1757, in the meaning defined above

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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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