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water hemlock

noun
1.
any of several poisonous plants belonging to the genus Cicuta, of the parsley family, as C. virosa of Europe, and C. maculata of North America, growing in swamps and marshy places.
Origin of water hemlock
1755-1765
1755-65
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Examples from the web for water hemlock
  • The family includes edible plants as carrot and parsnip, but also poisonous species such as the deadly water hemlock.
  • water hemlock can be distinguished by its taproot, which is branching and tuberous.
  • Wild carrot has many small hairs on the stem, while the stems of the water hemlock are smooth and hairless.
  • One has to be careful not to confuse this plant with similar species such as water hemlock, which are poisonous.
British Dictionary definitions for water hemlock

water hemlock

noun
1.
another name for cowbane (sense 1)
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