Definitions

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).

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Homeopathic remedies to consider include sabadilla 6th to the 30th potency, which is indicated for spasmodic sneezing with a running nose and redness of the eyes.

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  • For instance, there is the veratrine that may be derived from the sabadilla seeds which grow in the West Indies and Mexico.

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  • The sabadilla is dextro-rotary; the death camas is levo-rotary.

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