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barbasco

[bahr-bas-koh, -bah-skoh] /bɑrˈbæs koʊ, -ˈbɑ skoʊ/
noun, plural barbascos.
1.
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.
2.
any similar plant yielding a substance that stuns or kills fish.
3.
the fish-stunning or fish-killing substance obtained from these plants.
Origin of barbasco
1855-1860
1855-60; < American Spanish, said to be alteration of verbasco mullein < Latin verbascum
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