and Central American plant (Schoenocaulon officinale
) of the lily
family, with brown seeds used in insecticides and formerly in medicine
the seeds, containing the alkaloids veratrine, veratridine, etc.
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Word origin of 'sabadilla'Sp cebadilla, dim. of cebada, barley < L cibare, to feed < cibus, food