calisaya

[kal-uh-sey-yuh]

Origin of calisaya

1830–40; < New Latin, after Calisaya, name of the Bolivian Indian who told the whites about the medicinal values of cinchona bark
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calisaya

noun
  1. the bark of any of several tropical trees of the rubiaceous genus Cinchona, esp C. calisaya, from which quinine is extractedAlso called: calisaya bark, yellowbark, cinchona

Word Origin for calisaya

C19: from Spanish, from the name of a Bolivian Indian who taught the uses of quinine to the Spanish
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