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squill

 (skwĭl)
n.
1.
a. Any of several plants of the genus Urginea of Africa and Eurasia, especially the Mediterranean species U. maritima, having a large bulb and lanceolate leaves.
b. A powder prepared from the dried inner scales of the bulbs of U. maritima, used as rat poison and formerly as a cardiac stimulant, expectorant, and diuretic.
2. See scilla.

[Middle English, from Latin scilla, squill (Urginea maritima), from Greek skilla.]

squill

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

squill

(skwɪl)

n.
1. the bulb of the sea onion, Urginea maritima, of the lily family, cut into thin slices and dried: used esp. as an expectorant.
2. the plant itself.
3. any related plant of the genus Scilla.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin squilla, variant of scilla < Greek skílla]
squill′-like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squill - bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorantsquill - bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorant
sea onion, sea squill, Urginea maritima, squill - having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties
bulb - a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure
2.squill - having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal propertiessquill - having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
genus Urginea, Urginea - Mediterranean liliaceous plants; sometimes placed in family Hyacinthaceae
squill - bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorant
3.squill - an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowerssquill - an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
genus Scilla - sometimes placed in subfamily Hyacinthaceae
Scilla verna, spring squill, sea onion - European scilla with small blue or purple flowers
Translations
ladoňka
cebulica
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A diolch yn fawr iawn i Mair Wyn Thomas, Llawrplwy, Trawsfynydd am fy atgoffa iddi sgwennu o'r blaen i'r Herald i son fel roedd hen, hen nain iddi o Ddyffryn Ardudwy yn defnyddio 'squills', sef seren y gwanwyn (Scilla verna; spring squills) at beswch.