squill definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a few bulbous Eurasian and African plants regarding the genus Scilla, having thin leaves and bell-shaped blue, white, or pink plants.
    • See water onion.
    • The dried inner scales of the light bulbs of every of these flowers, used as rat poison and previously as a cardiac stimulant, expectorant, and diuretic.
    • A European bulbous liliaceous plant, of genus Scilla, used in medication for its acrid, expectorant, diuretic, and emetic properties
    • A mantis shrimp, Squilla mantis, from the Mediterranean
    • A European bulbous liliaceous plant (Urginea maritima, previously Scilla maritima), of acrid, expectorant, diuretic, and emetic properties, found in medicine. Known as also sea onion.
    • Any bulbous plant for the genus Scilla.
    • A squilla.
    • A mantis.
    • The medicinal bulb of Urginea Scilla, and/or plant itself; the officinal squill. See Urginea.
    • Any plant associated with genus Scilla (which see).
    • A stomatopodous crustacean of the genus Squilla or family Squillidæ; a mantis-shrimp or squill-fish. See cuts under mantis-shrimp and Squillidæ.
    • An insect so named from the similarity to the preceding; a mantis. Also known as squill-insect.
    • a vintage World plant for the genus Scilla having thin basal leaves and red or blue or white racemose flowers
    • light bulb regarding the ocean squill, which will be cut, dried out, and utilized as an expectorant
    • having thick surges of tiny white blossoms and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties

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