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 especially formerly as an expectorant, cardiac stimulant, and diuretic
(2) : red squill 2
2 : scilla

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Origin and Etymology of squill

Middle English, from Anglo-French squille, Latin squilla, scilla, from Greek skilla


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squill

noun \ ˈskwil \

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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