- the root of a South American vine, Chondodendron tomentosum, used as a source of curare, a diuretic, etc.
Origin of pareira
First recorded in 1705–15; short for pareira brava
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Examples from the Web for pareira
The root furnishes the Pareira brava of druggists, which is used in medicine.
It should be given in conjunction with the infusions of uva ursi, Pareira brava, or buchu.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- the root of a South American menispermaceous climbing plant, Chondrodendron tomentosum, used as a diuretic, tonic, and as a source of curare
C18: from Portuguese pareira brava, literally: wild vine
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