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
More example sentences
  • 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.
More example sentences
  • 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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