water hemlock


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

Examples of water hemlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Environmental scientists confirmed that poison hemlock and spotted water hemlock were located in Sussex County wetlands, according to a news release from the agency. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Western water hemlock, meanwhile, has a feather-like appearance with a bulbous root. oregonlive, 29 June 2021 Poison hemlock and Western water hemlock can kill humans and livestock. oregonlive, 29 June 2021 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, 24 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'water hemlock.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of water hemlock

1597, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About water hemlock

Time Traveler for water hemlock

Time Traveler

The first known use of water hemlock was in 1597

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near water hemlock

water hemisphere

water hemlock

water hemp

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for water hemlock

Cite this Entry

“Water hemlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20hemlock. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for water hemlock

water hemlock


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)

More from Merriam-Webster on water hemlock

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about water hemlock


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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