water hemlock


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water hemlock

n.
Any of several poisonous perennial herbs of the genus Cicuta of the parsley family, especially C. maculata, of marshy areas in eastern and central North America, having compound umbels of small white flowers and bipinnately compound leaves.

water hemlock

n
(Plants) another name for cowbane1

wa′ter hem`lock


n.
any of several poisonous marsh or swamp plants belonging to the genus Cicuta, of the parsley family, as C. virosa of Europe, and C. maculata of North America.
[1755–65]
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Noun1.water hemlock - tall erect highly poisonous Eurasiatic perennial herb locally abundant in marshy areaswater hemlock - tall erect highly poisonous Eurasiatic perennial herb locally abundant in marshy areas
Cicuta, genus Cicuta - small genus of perennial herbs having deadly poisonous tuberous roots: water hemlock
poisonous plant - a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism
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Pretty though it may be, every part of water hemlock is poisonous but the most dangerous is hidden below the earth's surface.
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If water hemlock had been used, Plato's description of Socrates' death would need to be considered as another example of Platonic fiction, like the myth of Er in the Republic or the story of Atlantis in the Timaeus, as Christopher Gill has argued.