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1a: a Mediterranean bulbous herb of the genus Urginea (U. maritima) of the lily family
—called alsosea onion
b: any of several other plants of the genus Urginea
c: the bulbs of a squill (especially U. maritima)
2a: 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 urgineasense 2a — compare white squill