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water hemlock

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Definition of water hemlock in English:

noun

A highly poisonous European plant of the parsley family, which grows in ditches and marshy ground. Also called cowbane.
  • Cicuta virosa, family Umbelliferae
Example sentences
  • Like Homo sapiens, animals take important cues from smell and know to stay away from flowers like the dreaded Douglas water hemlock, whose broad white blossoms contain coniine, which is deadly.
  • The lower part of the stem of water hemlock is divided into chambers which contain its toxicant.
  • The roots of water hemlock, which resemble parsnips, are sometimes eaten accidentally by humans.

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