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Definition of HEMLOCK

2 definitions found:

Hemlock \Hem"lock\, n. [OE. hemeluc, humloc, AS. hemlic, hymlic.]
     1. (Bot.) The name of several poisonous umbelliferous herbs having finely cut leaves and small white flowers, as the {Cicuta maculata}, {Cicuta bulbifera}, and {Cicuta virosa}, and the {Conium maculatum}. See {Conium}. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The potion of hemlock administered to Socrates is by some thought to have been a decoction of {Cicuta virosa}, or water hemlock, by others, of {Conium maculatum}. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Bot.) An evergreen tree common in North America ({Abies Canadensis} or {Tsuga Canadensis}); hemlock spruce. [1913 Webster]

              The murmuring pines and the hemlocks. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

     3. The wood or timber of the hemlock tree.
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     {Ground hemlock}, or {Dwarf hemlock}. See under {Ground}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

45 Moby Thesaurus words for "hemlock":
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Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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