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lesser hemlock

Hemlock

[hem-lok]

The word hemlock may refer to:

  • Conium, or more specifically, Conium maculatum, a common European herb that contains the alkaloid coniine and was probably the state poison of Ancient Greece, and the purported poison used in the execution of Socrates.
  • Several other poisonous plants in the family Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae) are sometimes called hemlock:
  • Tsuga, a genus of conifers originally named "hemlocks" due to a perceived similarity in the scent of the crushed foliage to that of Conium.

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