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Origin of hemlock
- Middle English hemlok poisonous hemlock from Old English hymlice, hemlic
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English hemlok, hemeluc, from Old English hymlīc, hymlīce (“hemlock, bryony, convulvus”), literally 'hops-like', from hymele (“hop-vine”), from Proto-Germanic *humalaz, *humalōn, of unknown origin. Perhaps from Scythian *haumala, a diminutive of *hauma (“ephedra; juice”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma from Proto-Indo-European *seue- (“to suck; juice”).