Definition of sabadilla in English:

sabadilla

Syllabification: sab·a·dil·la
Pronunciation: /ˌsabəˈdilə, -ˈdēyə
 
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noun

  • 1A Mexican plant of the lily family, whose seeds contain veratrine.
    • Schoenocaulon officinale, family Liliaceae
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    • It is not quite certain whether the seeds are obtained from the Veratrum sabadilla, a plant 3 or 4 feet high, or from the V. officinale, differing slightly in appearance and construction.
    • In that country there grows in abundance a species of seed in form and color like oats, and locally known as sabadilla.
    • The drops contain the extracts of ingredients such as aphis, or ground honey bees, and plants such as euphrasia and sabadilla.
  • 1.1A preparation of sabadilla seeds, used as an agricultural insecticide and in medicines.
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    • One, sabadilla, is made from a lily and works as a contact and stomach poison for numerous insects.
    • Sabadilla produces symptoms similar to those of a cold or hay fever, which it is used to treat homeopathically.
    • Sabadilla is considered among the least toxic of botanical insecticides.

Origin

early 19th century: from Spanish cebadilla, diminutive of cebada 'barley'.

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