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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant of the genus Scilla; a squill.
  • n. A bulb of Urginea scilla.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of liliaceous plants, type of the tribe Scilleæ.
  • n. [l. c] In the United States and British pharmacopœias, the sliced bulb of Urginea Scilla; squill. It is used in medicine as an expectorant and diuretic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers


From Latin scilla, from Ancient Greek σκίλλα. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Angelica sniffed the darkness. "Cigars."
    It could have been scillas for all Tonino cared."
    The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones, p 158

    March 15, 2014

  • any of a genus (Scilla) of Old World bulbous herbs of the lily family with narrow basal leaves and purple, blue, or white racemose flowers

    January 24, 2008