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jaborandi

[jab-uh-ran-dee, -ran-dee]
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noun, plural jab·o·ran·dis.
  1. any of several South American shrubs belonging to the genus Pilocarpus, of the rue family.
  2. the dried leaflets of certain of these plants, especially P. jaborandi, containing the alkaloid pilocarpine, used in medicine.
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Origin of jaborandi

1870–75; < Portuguese < Tupi, said to mean “one who makes saliva, one who spits”
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Examples from the Web for jaborandi

Historical Examples

  • Jaborandi or its alkaloid pilocarpin will generally produce it.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I

    Various

  • Jaborandi, jab′o-ran′di, n. a Brazilian shrub with sialogogue and diaphoretic properties.

  • After this nothing is given but orange-leaf tea, to promote perspiration, and sometimes a little extract of jaborandi.

    Health, Happiness, and Longevity

    Louis Philippe McCarty


British Dictionary definitions for jaborandi

jaborandi

noun
  1. any of several tropical American rutaceous shrubs of the genus Pilocarpus, esp P. jaborandi
  2. the dried leaves of any of these plants, used to induce sweating
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Word Origin

C19: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yaborandí
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