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Definition of the noun squill

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noun - plural: squills

  1. bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorant
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic word: bulb = a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure
    • part of: sea onion / sea squill / Urginea maritima = having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties
  2. having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties
  3. an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers

Alternative definition of the noun squill


  1. A European bulbous liliaceous plant, of the genus Scilla, used in medicine for its acrid, expectorant, diuretic, and emetic properties

Phrases with squill

  1. Squill-Gee
  2. red squill
  3. sea squill
  4. indigo squill
  5. spring squill
  6. Siberian Squill

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Google previewPopular Medicine, Or, The American Family Physician (1853)

A Work in which the Principles and Practice of Medicine are Familiarly Explained : Comprising a Complete and Comprehensive Description of Diseases, with Full and Definite Directions for Their Treatment ... : Designed for General Use and Adapted to All Climates by George Capron, David B. Slack

The squill is the root of a plant which grows upon the shores of the Spanish peninsula. It is bitter, nauseous, and acrid. The squill is a powerful stimulant, diuretic, ;...

Google previewThe Edinburgh New Dispensatory, Containing (1819)

I. The Elements of Pharmaceutical Chemistry ..., Including Translations of the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia Published in 1817, of the Dublin Pharmacopoeia in 1807 and of the London Pharmacopoeia in 1815 by Andrew Duncan (Jr.)

THE squill is a perennial bulbous-rooted plant, which grows wild on the sandy shores of Spain, Portugal, north of Africa, and the Levant. The root is about the size of the fist, pear shaped, with the apex upwards, and consists of fleshy scales,  ...

Google previewA text book of materia medica and therapeutics (1837)

by John Steggall

Squill is a stimulating expectorant, diuretic, and in large doses emetic and purgative. As an expectorant it is only suited for chronic diseases, such as chronic catarrh, asthma, and bronchitis, occurring in elderly people. It acts by giving tone to ...

Google previewRecognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings (5th Ed. ) (2009)

by J. Routt Reigart

Red squill is a little-used rodenticide, consisting of the inner portions of a small cabbage plant grown in eastern Mediterranean countries. Its toxic properties have been known since ancient times and are probably due to cardiac glycosides.

Google previewThe Edinburgh New Dispensatory (1813)

Containing I. The Elements of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. II. The Materia Medica; Or the Natural, Pharmaceutical and Medical History, of the Substances Employed in Medicine. III. The Pharmaceutical Preparations and Compositions. Including Translations of the Latest London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Pharmacopoeias. With Many New and Useful Tables; and Several Copperplates of Chemical Characters and Pharmaceutical Apparatus by Andrew Duncan

The squill is a perennial bulbous-rooted plant, which grows wild on the sandy shores of Spain, Portugal, north of Africa, and...

The active constituent of the squill is the acrid principle j and, therefore, it becomes almost inert by too much drying, ;...

Google previewThe American New Dispensatory (1810)

Containing General Principles of Pharmaceutic Chemistry; Pharmaceutic Operations; Chemical Analysis of the Articles of Materia Medica; Materia Medica, Including Several New and Valuable Articles, the Production of the United States; Preparations and Compositions. With an Appendix, Containing Medical Prescriptions; the Nature and Medical Uses of the Gases; Medical Electricity; Galvanism; an Abridgment of Dr. Currie's Reports on the Use of Water; the Cultivation of the Poppy Plant, and the Method of Preparing Opium ... The Whole Compiled from the Most Approved Authors, Both European and American ... by James Thacher

The squill is a perennial bulbous rooted plant, which grows wild on the sandy shores of Spain, Portugal, and the Levant.

Google previewA History of the Materia Medica. - London, Longman, Hitsch, Hawes 1751 (1751)

by John Hill

H E Squill is a large Root of the bulbous Kind : It is frequently of the Size of a Man's Fist, sometimes larger: It is of two Kinds, the white and the red, differing little otherwise than in Colour, though the Roots of two different Species of Plant.

Google previewA history of the materia medica (1751)

containing descriptions of all the substances used in medicine... by John Hill

TH E Squill is a large Root of the bulbous Kind : It is frequently of the Size of a Man's Fist, sometimes larger : It is of two Kinds, the white and the red, differing little otherwise than in Colour, though the Roots of two different Species of Plant.

Google previewGods and Goddesses in the Garden (2008)

Greco-Roman Mythology and the Scientific Names of Plants by Peter Bernhardt

Squill is a name that many European naturalists give to a variety of lilylike plants that have scaly bulbs, lance-shaped leaves, and produce wandlike stalks of small flowers.You may grow striped squill (Puschkinia scilloides) and Siberian squill ...

Google previewCunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (2012)

by Scott Cunningham

Poison Folk Names: Red Squill, Sea Onion, White Squill Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Money, Protection, HexBreaking Magical Uses: The squill, or sea onion, has been ...

Google previewLeung's Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients (2011)

Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics by Ikhlas A. Khan, Ehab A. Abourashed

SQUILL. Source: Urginea maritima (L.) Baker (syn. U. Scilla Steinh., Scilla maritima L., Drimia maritima (L.) Stearn) and U. indica (Roxb.) Kunth. (syn. Scilla indica L., Drimia indica (L.)Stearn) (Family Liliaceae). Common/vernacular names: ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1823)

Digitalis, squill, mercury, and crystals of tartar, separately or combined, are the most efficacious of the class; but the alkalies both fixed and volatile, some of the neutral salts, the nitrous ether, the'terebintbates, •Sec. are by no means useless as ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1823)

Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature, Enlarged and Improved

Squill. See BOTANY Index. When the root of squill is taken in large doses, it produces u violent vomiting and purging, and sometimes strangury, bloody urine, and inflammation and erosion of the stomach  ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

" By drying, the squill loses four jths of its weight, and with very little diminution of its virtue, if too much heat has not been applied.

Google previewWinston's cumulative loose-leaf encyclopedia (1921)

a comprehensive reference book by Charles Morris, Thomas Edward Finegan

The term squill is more particularly applied to the Scilla maritima (Urginca Scilla), officinal squill or sea- onion, which has a large acrid bulbous root J'.ke an onion. It is a native of the sandy shores of the Mediterranean. The bulb has been ...

Google previewAn encyclopaedia of useful and ornamental plants (1852)

consisting of beautiful and accurate coloured figures of plants used in the arts, in medicine, and for ornament, with copious scientific and popular descriptions of each, accounts of their uses, and mode of culture, and numerous interesting anecdotes by Gilbert Thomas Burnett

Squill, according to its dose, is expectorant, diuretic, emetic, and purgative. As an expectorant, it is most generally used when there is an increased secretion of pulmonary mucus, and is supposed by Dr. Murray ...

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Scrabble value of S1Q10U1I1L1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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