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Meaning of HEMLOCK

Pronunciation:  'hem`lâk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an evergreen tree
  2. [n]  soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock
  3. [n]  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
  4. [n]  poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium; "Socrates refused to flee and died by drinking hemlock"

HEMLOCK is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: California fern, Conium maculatum, hemlock tree, Nebraska fern, poison hemlock, poison parsley, winter fern
 See Also: black hemlock, Canadian hemlock, Carolina hemlock, conifer, coniferous tree, Conium, eastern hemlock, genus Conium, genus Tsuga, hemlock, mountain hemlock, Pacific hemlock, phytotoxin, plant toxin, poisonous plant, spruce pine, Tsuga, Tsuga canadensis, Tsuga caroliniana, Tsuga heterophylla, Tsuga mertensiana, west coast hemlock, western hemlock, wood



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hem"lock\, n. [OE. hemeluc, humloc, AS. hemlic,
1. (Bot.) 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}.

Note: The potion of hemlock administered to Socrates is by
      some thought to have been a decoction of {Cicuta
      virosa}, or water hemlock, by others, of {Conium

2. (Bot.) An evergreen tree common in North America ({Abies,
   or Tsuga, Canadensis}); hemlock spruce.

         The murmuring pines and the hemlocks. --Longfellow.

3. The wood or timber of the hemlock tree.

{Ground hemlock}, or {Dwarf hemlock}. See under {Ground}.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. rosh (Hos. 10:4; rendered "gall" in Deut. 29:18; 32:32; Ps. 69:21; Jer. 9:15; 23:15; "poison," Job 20:16; "venom," Deut. 32:33). "Rosh is the name of some poisonous plant which grows quickly and luxuriantly; of a bitter taste, and therefore coupled with wormwood (Deut. 29:18; Lam. 3:19). Hence it would seem to be not the hemlock cicuta, nor the colocynth or wild gourd, nor lolium darnel, but the poppy so called from its heads" (Gesenius, Lex.).

(2.) Heb. la'anah, generally rendered "wormwood" (q.v.), Deut. 29:18, Text 17; Prov. 5:4; Jer. 9:15; 23:15. Once it is rendered "hemlock" (Amos 6:12; R.V., "wormwood"). This Hebrew word is from a root meaning "to curse," hence the accursed.

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