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  1. the wood of a Brazilian, leguminous tree, Andira araroba, from which Goa powder is derived.
  2. Pharmacology. Goa powder.
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Origin of araroba

< Portuguese < Tupi, perhaps variant of araribá
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Historical Examples

  • The Goa powder or araroba is contained in the trunk, filling crevices in the heartwood.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4


British Dictionary definitions for araroba


  1. a Brazilian leguminous tree, Andira araroba
  2. Also called: Goa powder a bitter yellow powder obtained from cavities in the wood of this tree, formerly used in medicine to treat skin ailmentsSee also chrysarobin
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Word Origin

from Portuguese, probably from Tupi, from arara parrot + yba tree
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