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The cut and dried fleshy inner scales of the bulb of the white variety of Urginea maritima (Mediterranean squill), or of U. indica (Indian squill) (family Liliaceae); the central portion of the bulb is excluded during its processing; squill contains cardiac glycosides (scillaren-A and scillaren-B) and scillaricide, a rodenticide.
[L. squilla or scilla]
n See squill.
African plant genus in the family Liliaceae; includes S. maritima (Urginea maritima, source of commercial red, white squills), S. natalensis, S. nonscripta (bluebell), S. rigidifolia; contains bufadienolide cardiac glycoside.