From Middle English hemlok, hemeluc, from Old English hymlīc, hymlīce (“hemlock, bryony, convulvus”), literally 'hops-like', from hymele (“hop-vine”), from Proto-Germanic *humalaz, *humalōn, of unknown origin. Perhaps from Scythian *haumala, a diminutive of *hauma (“ephedra; juice”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma from Proto-Indo-European *seue- (“to suck; juice”).
More at suck.
hemlock (plural hemlocks)
- Any of several poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera Conium (Conium maculatum and Conium chaerophylloides) and Cicuta.
- The poison obtained from these plants.
- Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus Tsuga, that grow in North America; the wood of such trees.
- (umbellifer): beaver poison, devil's porridge, Herb Bennet, musquash root, poison hemlock, poison parsley, spotted corobane, spotted hemlock Conium maculatum; Conium chaerophylloides; Conium conium maculatum