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.
- Also called balsam capivi, Jesuits' resin.
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How to use copaiba in a sentence
It has been extolled as possessing the virtues of copaiba in an exalted degree.
State frequency and types of eruption following the administration of copaiba.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The action of turpentine resembles that of some other substances which contain resin, as copaiba and Balsam of Peru.The Action of Medicines in the System | Frederick William Headland
Here grow the jalap and the guaiacum, the sweet-scented sassafras and the sanitary copaiba.The Rifle Rangers | Captain Mayne Reid
We believe that elemi possesses the same properties as copaiba, and that its indications for internal use are the same.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines | T. H. Pardo de Tavera
British Dictionary definitions for copaiba
a transparent yellowish viscous oleoresin obtained from certain tropical South American trees of the leguminous genus Copaifera: used in varnishes and ointments: Also called: copaiba balsam, copaiba resin
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