- an oleoresin obtained from several tropical, chiefly South American trees belonging to the genus Copaifera, of the legume family, used chiefly in varnishes and lacquers, for removing old oil varnish from or for brightening oil paintings, and formerly in medicine in the treatment of certain mucous-membrane conditions.
Origin of copaiba
1705–15; < Spanish < Portuguese < Tupi cupaiba
Also called balsam capivi, Jesuits' resin.
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Examples from the Web for copaiba
It has an odor similar to that of copaiba, is bitter and aromatic.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Turpentine and copaiba have something in their favor in ulceration.
It is best combined with a little confection of orange peel, which effectually covers the taste of the copaiba.
This substance is frequently adulterated; indeed, fully one half that sold for copaiba does not contain 10% of the genuine balsam.
Copaiba and powdered cubebs, equal parts; conserves of roses and orange peel, of each (in equal quantities), q. s.
- a transparent yellowish viscous oleoresin obtained from certain tropical South American trees of the leguminous genus Copaifera: used in varnishes and ointmentsAlso called: copaiba balsam, copaiba resin
C18: via Spanish via Portuguese from Tupi
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