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1A Mexican plant of the lily family, whose seeds contain veratrine.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The drops contain the extracts of ingredients such as aphis, or ground honey bees, and plants such as euphrasia and sabadilla.’
- ‘In that country there grows in abundance a species of seed in form and color like oats, and locally known as sabadilla.’
- 1.1[mass noun]A preparation of sabadilla seeds, used as an agricultural insecticide and in medicines.[as modifier] ‘sabadilla dust’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One, sabadilla, is made from a lily and works as a contact and stomach poison for numerous insects.’
Early 19th century: from Spanish cebadilla, diminutive of cebada barley.
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