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n 1 a  :  a Mediterranean bulbous herb of the genus Urginea (U. maritima) of the lily family - called also sea onion   b  :  any of several other plants of the genus Urginea  c  :  the bulbs of a squill (esp. U. maritima)  2 a  :  the dried sliced bulb of the white-bulbed form of the squill (Urginea maritima) of the Mediterranean region or the dried sliced bulb of a related Asian plant (U. indica) that contains one or more physically active cardiac glycosides and was formerly used as an expectorant, cardiac stimulant, and diuretic - see URGINEA2a   - compare WHITE SQUILL   b  :  RED SQUILL 2 .
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