Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several plants of the genus Urginea of Africa and Eurasia, especially the Mediterranean species U. maritima, having a large bulb and lanceolate leaves.
  • noun A powder prepared from the dried inner scales of the bulbs of U. maritima, used as rat poison and formerly as a cardiac stimulant, expectorant, and diuretic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The medicinal bulb of Urginea Scilla, or the plant itself; the officinal squill. See Urginea.
  • noun Any plant of the genus Scilla (which see).
  • noun A stomatopodous crustacean of the genus Squilla or family Squillidæ; a mantis-shrimp or squill-fish. See cuts under mantis-shrimp and Squillidæ.
  • noun An insect so called from its resemblance to the preceding; a mantis. Also called squill-insect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A European bulbous liliaceous plant (Urginea maritima, formerly Scilla maritima), of acrid, expectorant, diuretic, and emetic properties, used in medicine. Called also sea onion.
  • noun Any bulbous plant of the genus Scilla.
  • noun A squilla.
  • noun A mantis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A European bulbous liliaceous plant, of the genus Scilla, used in medicine for its acrid, expectorant, diuretic, and emetic properties
  • noun A mantis shrimp, Squilla mantis, from the Mediterranean

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

  • noun an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers
  • noun bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorant
  • noun having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin scilla, squill (Urginea maritima), from Greek skilla.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French squille or scille, from Latin squilla.

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  • Squill are flowering in Bunhill Fields. With the aid of image search I have finally identified those blue jobs. From Latin squilla, variant of usual (and Linnean) scilla, from Greek. I wonder why the variation? Could it be a late reborrowing, from the time when ci and qui had begun to change their sounds?

    March 16, 2009