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squill

[skwil] /skwɪl/
noun
1.
the bulb of the sea onion, Urginea maritima, of the lily family, cut into thin slices and dried, and used in medicine chiefly as an expectorant.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
any related plant of the genus Scilla.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin squilla, variant of scilla < Greek skílla
Related forms
squill-like, adjective
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  • These typically are in the red squill or warfarin groups.
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British Dictionary definitions for squill

squill

/skwɪl/
noun
1.
2.
the bulb of the sea squill, formerly used medicinally as an expectorant after being sliced and dried
3.
any Old World liliaceous plant of the genus Scilla, such as S. verna (spring squill) of Europe, having small blue or purple flowers
Word Origin
C14: from Latin squilla sea onion, from Greek skilla, of obscure origin
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