water hemlock

noun

Definition of water hemlock

: a tall poisonous Eurasian perennial herb (Cicuta virosa) of the carrot family also : any of several poisonous North American plants (especially Cicuta maculata and C. douglasii) of the same genus — compare poison hemlock

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Recent Examples on the Web Wildflowers line a meadow that holds many of the state's most important natural treasures and leads into an even deeper sanctuary of blossoming water hemlock, elderberry trees, oaks and azaleas. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "The Covington homeplace of naturalist Charlotte Seidenberg gets another one for the wall," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of water hemlock

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Water hemlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20hemlock. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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water hemlock

noun

Medical Definition of water hemlock

: a tall poisonous Eurasian perennial herb of the genus Cicuta (C. virosa) that is locally abundant in marshy areas or along streams also : any of several poisonous North American plants of the genus Cicuta (as spotted cowbane)

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