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sabadilla

[sab-uh-dil-uh] /ˌsæb əˈdɪl ə/
noun
1.
a Mexican plant, Schoenocaulon officinale, of the lily family, having long, grasslike leaves and bitter seeds.
2.
the seeds of this plant, formerly used medicinally and as a source of veratrine and veratridine.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Spanish cebadilla Indian caustic barley, diminutive of cebada barley (feminine) ≪ Latin cibātus (masculine) fodder, nutriment, equivalent to cibā(re) to feed + -tus suffix of v. action
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  • Extracts from the sabadilla lily and neem trees have been used against a variety of pests.
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sabadilla

/ˌsæbəˈdɪlə/
noun
1.
a tropical American liliaceous plant, Schoenocaulon officinale
2.
the bitter brown seeds of this plant, which contain the alkaloids veratrine and veratridine and are used in insecticides
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish cebadilla, diminutive of cebada barley, from Latin cibāre to feed, from cibus food
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