- a shrub or small tree, Jacquinia barbasco, of tropical America, the source of a substance used to stun fish so they can be caught easily.
- any similar plant yielding a substance that stuns or kills fish.
- the fish-stunning or fish-killing substance obtained from these plants.
Origin of barbasco
1855–60; < American Spanish, said to be alteration of verbasco mullein < Latin verbascum
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