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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hemlocknoun

    poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium

    "Socrates refused to flee and died by drinking hemlock"

  2. hemlock, poison hemlock, poison parsley, California fern, Nebraska fern, winter fern, Conium maculatumnoun

    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

  3. hemlocknoun

    soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock

  4. hemlock, hemlock treenoun

    an evergreen tree


  1. hemlocknoun

    Any of several poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera Conium (Conium maculatum and Conium chaerophylloides) and Cicuta; the poison obtained from these plants.

  2. hemlocknoun

    Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus Tsuga, that grow in North America; the wood of such trees.

  3. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hemlocknoun

    An herb.

    Etymology: hemloc, Saxon.

    The leaves are cut into many minute segments: the petals of the flower are bifid, heart-shaped, and unequal: the flower is succeeded by two short chanelled seeds. One sort is sometimes used in medicine, though it is noxious; but the hemlock of the ancients, which was such deadly poison, is generally supposed different. Philip Miller.

    He was met even now,
    As mad as the vext sea, singing aloud;
    Crown’d with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds,
    With hardocks, hemlock. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    We cannot with certainty affirm, that no man can be nourished by wood or stones, or that all men will be poisoned by hemlock. John Locke.


  1. hemlock

    Hemlock is a type of highly poisonous plant belonging to the parsley family, or a type of coniferous tree in the pine family. Both are native to North America and Europe. The poisonous plant, often known as poison hemlock, has small white flowers and is infamous for its association with the death of the philosopher Socrates. The trees, also known as hemlock spruces or hemlock firs, are evergreen and produce small cones.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hemlocknoun

    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

  2. Hemlocknoun

    an evergreen tree common in North America (Abies, / Tsuga, Canadensis); hemlock spruce

  3. Hemlocknoun

    the wood or timber of the hemlock tree

  4. Etymology: [OE. hemeluc, humloc, AS. hemlic, hymlic.]


  1. Hemlock

    Hemlock is an unincorporated community in Richland Township, Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also a census-designated place for statistical purposes, but without any legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population of the CDP was 1,585 at the 2000 census. The area included in the CDP is in the south central portion of Richland Township. The Hemlock post office, with ZIP code 48626, serves nearly all of Richland Township, as well as portions of Fremont Township to the south, small areas of Thomas and Swan Creek townships to the southeast, and part of Ingersoll Township to the north in Midland County. The community was first settled in 1865. A Post Office was established in 1869 with the name "Hemlock City". This was shortened to Hemlock in 1895.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hemlock

    hem′lok, n. a genus of umbelliferous plants, the most common species being the poisonous spotted hemlock, used in medicine. [A.S. hemlic, the second syllable a weakened form of leác, a plant. Cf. Charlock, Garlic.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hemlock

    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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hemlock is ranked #110825 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hemlock surname appeared 159 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hemlock.

    73.5% or 117 total occurrences were White.
    16.3% or 26 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.7% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.7% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hemlock in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hemlock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hemlock in a Sentence

  1. Carol Schweitzer:

    Dominant pollen that was found on this young lady’s clothing was oak, in addition, there was a lot of spruce and hemlock and those three pollens the researcher was able to articulate were from the northeastern U.S., probably in a very heavy forest area.

  2. Carol Schweitzer:

    In addition, there was a lot of spruce and hemlock and those three pollens the researcher was able to articulate were from the northeastern U.S., probably in a very heavy forest area.

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