scilla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scilla an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scilla A genus of liliaceous plants, type of the tribe Scilleæ. It is characterized by flowers with separate spreading perianth-segments, marked by a single central nerve, stamens with thread-shaped filaments, and a three-celled ovary with slender style, and usually two ovules in each cell. The fruit is a thin globose three-lobed capsule, long enveloped by the withered perianth, and containing three to six black obovoid or roundish seeds with a hard albumen. There are about 80 species, natives of the Old World throughout, temperate regions, and also within the tropics upon mountains, with one species said to occur in Chili. They are stemless plants from an onion-like coated bulb, with narrow radical leaves, and flowers on a leafless scape, which are blue, pink, or purple, and form racemes which are often very much prolonged. Many are cultivated for borders, especially S. amœnula (S. Sibirica), with porcelainblue flowers in earliest spring. (For various species formerly classed here, see squill, Urginea, Camassia, and camass.) Several species are known as wild hyacinth. (See hyacinth, 2.) S. verna, the spring squill of England, is also known as sea-onion. S. nutans, a beautiful species abundant in British copses, by some assigned to a genus Endymion (Dumortier, 1827), is known in England as bluebell, in Scotland as harebell, exchanging names with Campanula rotundifolia, which is the bluebell of Scotland, but the harebell of England and the United States. S. nutans is also known as bell-bottle, crow-bells, crow-leek. See also culverkey, 2, and cut under scape.
    • n scilla [l. c] In the United States and British pharmacopœias, the sliced bulb of Urginea Scilla; squill. It is used in medicine as an expectorant and diuretic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scilla sil′a a genus of liliaceous plants, as the squill.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. skilla, a sea-onion.

Usage

In literature:

Scilla, or sea-onion, is hot and dry in the third degree.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Scilla roots are poisonous.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
The =Scilla campanulata= deserves more attention than it has hitherto received.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Blue garden scillas and wild white saxifrage.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
Scilla campanulata carnea, 268.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Among the smaller bulbs that deserve special mention are the Crocus, the Snow Drop, the Scilla, and the Musk or Grape Hyacinth.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Scilla maritima, v. 2.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Scilla on organic remains, 1670, 24.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Of the scholars of Scilla, who remained in Messina after the departure of their master, there is not much to be said.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Towards spring-time, Karro goes to Scilla to help in the sword-fish taking; it is a bad year, and the venture does not succeed.
"Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
The bulbs of Daffodils, Tulips, Snowdrops, Scillas, &c., all conform very closely to the Onion in structure.
"Beautiful Bulbous Plants" by John Weathers
It has much of the charm of its relative, the Scilla.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
Agostino Scilla of Messina, whom we have elsewhere noticed, painted some Virtues there, conjointly with Saiter.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. V (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Scilla, or Silla, Agostino, a Messinese, b.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Volume VI (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
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In poetry:

The scillas show their frosty blue;
The primulas look up and nod,
Their rosy florets scattering dew;
The avenue
Is lit with almond sprays a-bud
Like Aaron's mystic rod.
"Leaf-Time" by David Gow
The tiny scilla, sapphire blue,
Is gently seeping in, to strew
The earth with heaven; and sudden rills
Of sunlit yellow, sweeping through,
Spread into lakes of daffodils.
"Flood-Tide of Flowers" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Scilla peruviana 'Caribbean Jewels Sapphire Blue'.
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