Hemlock definition

hĕmlŏk
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A poison obtained from the poison hemlock.
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Any of several poisonous plants of the genera Conium and Cicuta of the parsley family, such as the poison hemlock.
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A poison made from this plant.
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Any of a genus (Tsuga) of North American and Asian evergreen trees of the pine family, with drooping branches and short needles: the bark is used in tanning.
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The wood of such a tree.
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A poison obtained from the poison hemlock.
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Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus Tsuga, that grow in North America; the wood of such trees.
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A poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera Conium, either Conium maculatum or Conium chaerophylloides.
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The water hemlock plant, genus Cicuta.
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The poison obtained from these plants.
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Any of various coniferous evergreen trees of the genus Tsuga of North America and eastern Asia, having small cones and short flat leaves with two white bands underneath.
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The wood of such trees, used as a source of lumber, wood pulp, and tannic acid.
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Any of several poisonous plants of the genera Conium and Cicuta of the parsley family, such as the poison hemlock.
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A poisonous European plant (Conium maculatum) of the umbel family, with compound umbels of small, white flowers and finely divided leaves; poison hemlock.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hemlock
Plural:
hemlocks

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”).

    From Wiktionary