American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The wood of such trees, used as a source of lumber, wood pulp, and tannic acid.
- n. Any of several poisonous plants of the genera Conium and Cicuta, such as the poison hemlock.
- n. A poison obtained from the poison hemlock.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poisonous plant, Conium maculatum, of the natural order Umbelliferæ. It is a tall, erect, branching biennial, with a smooth, shining, hollow stem (usually marked with purplish spots), elegant much-divided leaves, and white flowers in compound umbels of ten or more rays, surrounded by a general involucre of from three to seven leaflets. It is found throughout Europe and temperate Asia in waste places, on banks, and under walls. It is said to be fatal to cows, while horses, goats, and sheep may feed upon it without danger. The poison administered to Socrates, and in common use for the execution of criminals in ancient Athens, is supposed to have been a decoction of it, though some think that this potion was obtained from water-hemlock (Cicuta virosa). Hemlock is a powerful sedative, and is used medicinally. The extract is considered the best preparation. It is often serviceable as a substitute for or an accompaniment to opium. It has been found very useful in chronic rheumatism and in whooping-cough, and in allaying the pain of irritable sores and cancerous ulcers. The virtues of hemlock reside in an alkaline principle termed conine or conia, which is most abundant in the fruit and seeds. See
- n. The hemlock-spruce.
- n. Any of several poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera Conium (Conium maculatum and Conium chaerophylloides) and Cicuta.
- n. The poison obtained from these plants.
- n. Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus Tsuga, that grow in North America; the wood of such trees.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. (Bot.) An evergreen tree common in North America (Abies Canadensis or Tsuga Canadensis); hemlock spruce.
- n. The wood or timber of the hemlock tree.
- n. an evergreen tree
- n. poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium
- n. large branching biennial herb native to Eurasia and Africa and adventive in North America having large fernlike leaves and white flowers; usually found in damp habitats; all parts extremely poisonous
- n. soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock
- 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, from Sarmato-Scythian *haumala, diminutive of *hauma (“ephedra; juice”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma from Proto-Indo-European *seue- (“to suck; juice”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hemlok, poisonous hemlock, from Old English hymlice, hemlic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This kind of hemlock is also abundant along the coast of British Columbia and in the Selkirk Mountains along the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.”
“I think the hemlock is taking affect on Bill already.”
“He has special ordered hemlock from a lumber yard 100 miles away.”
“The usual verdure of the hemlock is very dark and glossy, lying in double rows flat upon the branches.”
“Approaching it from this side you pass through a dense bryanthus-fringed grove of mountain hemlock, catching glimpses now and then of the colossal dome towering to an immense height above the dark evergreens; and when at last you have made your way across woods, wading through azalea and ledum thickets, you step abruptly out of the tree shadows and mossy leafy softness upon a bare porphyry pavement, and behold the dome unveiled in all its grandeur.”
“An ingenious murderess decides to soak the blotter on her husband’s desk in hemlock, so he will be gradually poisoned as the hemlock leaches out and into his hands whenever he works late into the night. hemlock/Shakespeare”
“The leaf of the hemlock is the only one that has a distinct leaf-stalk.”
“Range: The hemlock is a northern tree, growing in Canada and the United”
“Palliser's exploring party, mentions in his report that on the eastern side of the Rockies, in the upper valley of the North Saskatchewan, the bark of western hemlock, which is abundant, is very thick, attaining very often a thickness of four inches, and very rich in tannin.”
“Europe, or only in infinitely greater splendour and perfection of growth; the species called the hemlock is, I think, second to the cedar only, in magnificence.”
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