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Indian physic

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  1. American ipecac.
  2. bowman's root.

Origin of Indian physic

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40
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  • Indian-Physic or bowman's root, as these names imply, was a popular remedy with the Indians, who used it as an emetic.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants

    A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding