the medicinal bark of the tree Cinchona calisaya.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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