from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Mexican and Central American plant (Schoenocaulon officinale) of the lily family, having very long, densely flowered spikelike racemes, straplike perianth segments, and brown seeds that are rich in veratrine.
- n. The seeds of this plant, used in insecticides and in some medicinal preparations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Mexican and Central American plant of the lily family (Schoenocaulon officinale).
- n. The seeds of this plant, used in medicine and insecticides.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Mexican liliaceous plant (Schœnocaulon officinale); also, its seeds, which contain the alkaloid veratrine. It was formerly used in medicine as an emetic and purgative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See cevadilla, and caustic barley (under barley).
Spanish cebadilla, diminutive of cebada, barley, from Latin cibātus, from past participle of cibāre, to feed, from cibus, food.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)