Definition of sabadilla in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsabəˈdɪlə/


1A Mexican plant of the lily family, whose seeds contain veratrine.
  • Schoenocaulon officinale, family Liliaceae.
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.
1.1 [mass noun] A preparation of sabadilla seeds, used as an agricultural insecticide and in medicines: [as modifier]: sabadilla dust
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.


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

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