sabadilla

play
noun sab·a·dil·la \ˌsa-bə-ˈdi-lə, -ˈdē-yə\

Definition of sabadilla

  1. :  a Mexican plant (Schoenocaulon officinale) of the lily family; also :  its seeds that are used as a source of veratrine and in insecticides

Origin and Etymology of sabadilla

Spanish cebadilla


First Known Use: 1812


Medical Dictionary

sabadilla

play play
noun sab·a·dil·la \ˌsab-ə-ˈdil-ə, -ˈdē-(y)ə\

Medical Definition of sabadilla

  1. :  a Mexican plant (Schoenocaulon officinalis) of the lily family (Liliaceae); also :  its seeds that are used as a source of veratrine and in insecticides and formerly in a preparation against external parasites (as head lice)

Learn More about sabadilla


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sabadilla? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to give up a position of power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!