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HEM'LOCK, noun

1. A plant of the genus Conium, whose leaves and root are poisonous. Also, the Cicuta maculata.

2. A tree of the genus Pinus, an evergreen.

3. A poison, an infusion or decoction of the poisonous plant.

Popular liberty might then have escaped the indelible reproach of decreeing to the same citizens the hemlock on one day, and statues on the next.