Definitions for hemlockˈhɛmˌlɒk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a poisonous plant, Conium maculatum, of the parsley family, having finely divided leaves and umbels of small white flowers.
Category: Plants, Pharmacology
a poisonous drink made from this plant.
any of various related plants, esp. of the genus Cicuta, as the water hemlock.
Also called hem′lock spruce′. any of several tall coniferous trees of the genus Tsuga, of the pine family, having short, blunt needles and small cones.
the soft, light wood of a hemlock tree, used in making paper and in construction.
Origin of hemlock:
bef. 900; ME hemlok, humlok, OE hymlic, hemlic; perh. akin to OE hymele hop plant
poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium
"Socrates refused to flee and died by drinking hemlock"
hemlock, poison hemlock, poison parsley, California fern, Nebraska fern, winter fern, Conium maculatum(noun)
large branching biennial herb native to Eurasia and Africa and adventive in North America having large fernlike leaves and white flowers; usually found in damp habitats; all parts extremely poisonous
soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock
hemlock, hemlock tree(noun)
an evergreen tree
Any of several poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera Conium (Conium maculatum and Conium chaerophylloides) and Cicuta; the poison obtained from these plants.
Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus Tsuga, that grow in North America; the wood of such trees.
Origin: hemlok, hemeluc, from hymlīc(e) 'hemlock, bryony, convulvus', literally 'hops-like', from hymele 'hop-vine', from humalaz (cf. humall, homele), from Sarmato-Scythian *haumala (compare Ossetian xumællæg 'hops'), diminutive of *hauma 'ephedra; juice' (compare haoma, Baluchi hum, hōm), from sauma (compare Sanskrit soma), from seue- 'to suck; juice'. More at suck.
the name of several poisonous umbelliferous herbs having finely cut leaves and small white flowers, as the Cicuta maculata, bulbifera, and virosa, and the Conium maculatum. See Conium
an evergreen tree common in North America (Abies, / Tsuga, Canadensis); hemlock spruce
the wood or timber of the hemlock tree
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Any of several poisonous plants, commonly called poison hemlock, of the CICUTA or CONIUM genus. The hemlock tree (TSUGA) is completely unrelated being a coniferous tree of the pine family.