from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various coniferous evergreen trees of the genus Tsuga of North America and eastern Asia, having small cones and short flat leaves with two white bands underneath.
- n. The wood of such trees, used as a source of lumber, wood pulp, and tannic acid.
- n. Any of several poisonous plants of the genera Conium and Cicuta, such as the poison hemlock.
- n. A poison obtained from the poison hemlock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera Conium (Conium maculatum and Conium chaerophylloides) and Cicuta.
- n. The poison obtained from these plants.
- n. Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus Tsuga, that grow in North America; the wood of such trees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The name of several poisonous umbelliferous herbs having finely cut leaves and small white flowers, as the Cicuta maculata, Cicuta bulbifera, and Cicuta virosa, and the Conium maculatum. See conium.
- n. An evergreen tree common in North America (Abies Canadensis or Tsuga Canadensis); hemlock spruce.
- n. The wood or timber of the hemlock tree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poisonous plant, Conium maculatum, of the natural order Umbelliferæ.
- n. The hemlock-spruce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an evergreen tree
- n. poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium
- n. large branching biennial herb native to Eurasia and Africa and adventive in North America having large fernlike leaves and white flowers; usually found in damp habitats; all parts extremely poisonous
- n. soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock
Middle English hemlok, poisonous hemlock, from Old English hymlice, hemlic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hemlok, hemeluc, from Old English hymlīc, hymlīce ("hemlock, bryony, convulvus"), literally 'hops-like', from hymele ("hop-vine"), from Proto-Germanic *humalaz, *humalōn, from Sarmato-Scythian *haumala, diminutive of *hauma (“ephedra; juice”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma from Proto-Indo-European *seue- (“to suck; juice”). (Wiktionary)