Origin of bezoar
Examples from the Web for bezoar
The Arabic name of the bezoar (badesar) has the meaning of antidote.
The ancients, both Greeks and Latins, have no knowledge of the bezoar.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Other magic medicines exist such as aphrodisiacs, and bezoar stones.The Manbos of Mindano|John M. Garvan
The oldest domesticated goats seem to be descended from the Bezoar goat (Capra ægagrus), from the mountains of southwestern Asia.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe|John M. Tyler
It was called the bezoar stone, and was a concretion chiefly of resinous bile and magnesia, and the rest inert vegetable matter.
Word Origin for bezoar
late 15c., ultimately from Arabic bazahr, from Persian pad-zahr "counter-poison," from pad "protecting, guardian, master" (from Iranian *patar-, cf. Avestan patar-, from PIE *pa-tor-, from root *pa- "to protect, feed") + zahr "poison" (from Old Iranian *jathra, from PIE *gwhn-tro-, from root *gwhen- "to strike, kill;" see bane). Originally "antidote," later specifically in reference to a concoction from solid matter found in the stomachs and intestines of ruminants, which was held to have antidotal qualities (1570s).