- 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
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Examples from the Web for calisaya
Quinine is the most useful of these alkaloids, and this is found in greatest quantities in Calisaya bark.
Don't forget what done it—calisaya bark with them other herbs mixed—make a tea of it, and give a cupful every two hours.Rolling Stones
Calisaya trees, which are now felled for their bark in South America?Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume III
Karl Ritter von Scherzer
The calisaya trees of Bolivia rank among the best, and their bark forms an important item in her foreign trade.
Quina or calisaya is a natural product of the eastern Andes, and is found at an altitude of 3000 to 9000 ft. above sea-level.
- 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
C19: from Spanish, from the name of a Bolivian Indian who taught the uses of quinine to the Spanish