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Related to hemlock: hemlock tree, Conium maculatum
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Synonyms for hemlock

poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium

large branching biennial herb native to Eurasia and Africa and adventive in North America having large fernlike leaves and white flowers

soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock

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Sir Charles is going to town on Thursday; he will bring you the hemlock.
For the sake of exercise, she resolved to carry her letter to the village post office and return along the Riverside Road, whereby she had seen hemlock growing.
She crossed the ditch, took a pair of gardening gloves from her plaited straw hand-basket, and busied herself with the hemlock leaves, pulling the tender ones, separating them from the stalk, and filling the basket with the web.
Hemlock is interesting on account of Socrates, and you were interesting as a young lady gathering poison.
One of my views at present is that Miss Lindsay is more amiable under the influence of hemlock than under that of the social system which has made her so unhappy.
I will go no further with you; Max will give the alarm if you faint in the avenue, which I don't think you are likely to do, as you have forgotten all about the hemlock.
I hope you do not want the hemlock to help you to get rid of the burden of life.
Although poplars had been brought from Europe to ornament the grounds, and willows and other trees were gradually springing up nigh the dwelling, yet many a pile of snow betrayed the presence of the stump of a pine; and even, in one or two instances, unsightly remnants of trees that had been partly destroyed by fire were seen rearing their black, glistening columns twenty or thirty feet above the pure white of the snow, These, which in the language of the country are termed stubs, abounded in the open fields adjacent to the village, and were accompanied, occasionally, by the ruin of a pine or a hemlock that had been stripped of its bark, and which waved in melancholy grandeur its naked limbs to the blast, a skeleton of its former glory.
And there were other sensations, less definable but more exquisite, which drew them together with a shock of silent joy: the cold red of sunset behind winter hills, the flight of cloud-flocks over slopes of golden stubble, or the intensely blue shadows of hemlocks on sunlit snow.
The stems of pines, hemlocks, and oaks almost gleam like iron on the excited eye.
He had soaked hemlock leaves in water and drank it, and thought that was better than water in warm weather.
He saw instead a foreground which was just as lovely--the level sunlight lying like transparent gold among the gently curving stems of the feathered grass and the tall red sorrel, and the white ambels of the hemlocks lining the bushy hedgerows.
The third, a huge tree we named the Usis Hemlock, soared to 173.
Properties that make Western hemlock a popular choice, according to the USDA Forest Service, include the wood's light color, lack of pitch and its ability to take a varnish finish well.
AP) -- A Kentucky community college is working with Austin Peay State University to train potential employees for Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville, Tenn.