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guaco

[gwah-koh]
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noun, plural gua·cos.
  1. a climbing composite plant, Mikania guaco, of tropical America.
  2. its leaves, or a substance obtained from them, sometimes used locally as an antidote for snakebites.

Origin of guaco

Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1815–25
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guaco

noun plural -cos
  1. any of several tropical American plants whose leaves are used as an antidote to snakebite, esp the climbers Mikania guaco, family Asteraceae (composites), or Aristolochia maxima (A. serpentina), family Aristolochiaceae
  2. the leaves of any of these plants

Word Origin

C19: from American Spanish
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