[ kon-truh-yur-vuh ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈyɜr və /
the root of certain tropical American plants of the genus Dorstenia, of the mulberry family, especially D. contrajerva, used as a stimulant, diaphoretic, etc.
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Example sentences from the Web for contrayerva
Contrayerva, kon-tra-yėr′va, n. a stimulating and tonic aromatic root of tropical America.
The contrayerva infusion in distilled water had acquired a disagreeable fœtor, but the beef was not yet putrid.
British Dictionary definitions for contrayerva
/ (ˌkɒntrəˈjɜːvə) /
the root of any of several tropical American moraceous plants of the genus Dorstenia, esp D. contrayerva, used as a stimulant and tonic
Word Origin for contrayerva
C17: from Spanish contrayerba, from contra- + yerba grass, (poisonous) plant, from Latin herba; referring to the belief that it was an antidote to poisons
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