wordswarm: free dictionary lookup
||look up a word or phrase||
Wordswarms From Years Past|
hemlock water dropwort
Full-text Search for "Hemlock"
Some Other Sites
noun Etymology: Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic Date: before 12th century
Any of 10 species of coniferous evergreen trees that make up the genus Tsuga, in the pine family, native to N. America and central and E Asia. Some are important timber trees, and many are popular ornamentals. Other plants commonly called hemlock include ground hemlock (see yew) and poison hemlock and water hemlock (parsley family). A true hemlock is a tall, pyramidal tree with purplish or reddish-brown bark, slender horizontal or drooping branches, and short, blunt leaves that grow from woody cushionlike structures on the twigs.
n. 1 a a poisonous umbelliferous plant, Conium maculatum, with fernlike leaves and small white flowers. b a poisonous potion obtained from this. 2 (in full hemlock fir or spruce) a any coniferous tree of the genus Tsuga, having foliage that smells like hemlock when crushed. b the timber or pitch of these trees. Etymology: OE hymlic(e)
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, bulbifera, and virosa, and the Conium maculatum. See Conium. 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. 2. (Bot.) An evergreen tree common in North America (Abies, or Tsuga, Canadensis); hemlock spruce. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks. --Longfellow. 3. The wood or timber of the hemlock tree. Ground hemlock, or Dwarf hemlock. See under Ground.
Hemlock is a poisonous plant.
(1.) Heb. rosh (Hos. 10:4; rendered "gall" in Deut. 29:18; 32:32; Ps. 69:21; Jer. 9:15; 23:15; "poison," Job 20:16; "venom," Deut. 32:33). "Rosh is the name of some poisonous plant which grows quickly and luxuriantly; of a bitter taste, and therefore coupled with wormwood (Deut. 29:18; Lam. 3:19). Hence it would seem to be not the hemlock cicuta, nor the colocynth or wild gourd, nor lolium darnel, but the poppy so called from its heads" (Gesenius, Lex.).
beheading, belladonna, burning, capital punishment, castor-oil plant, crucifixion, deadly nightshade, death camas, decapitation, decollation, defenestration, electrocution, ergot, execution, foxglove, fusillade, garrote, gassing, hanging, henbane, horsetail, jimsonweed, judicial murder, lapidation, mayapple, mescal bean, monkshood, necktie party, poison ivy, poison parsley, poison sumac, poisoning, pokeweed, shooting, stoning, strangling, strangulation, the ax, the block, the chair, the gallows, the gas chamber, the guillotine, the hot seat, the rope