from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poisonous lily (Amianthium muscitoxicum) of the eastern United States, having narrow basal leaves and a terminal raceme of small white or greenish flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A poisonous substance used to kill flies.
  • n. In botany, the Amianthium muscætoxicum, a liliaceous plant of the eastern part of the United States, allied to Veratrum.


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  • There was a walnut drop-head sewing-machine on which a pink saucer of some black liquid fly-poison stood.

    Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby

  • Macerated in milk, it has been employed for centuries as a fly-poison, hence its name.

    The Treasure-Train


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