guaco

[ gwah-koh ]

noun,plural gua·cos.
  1. a climbing composite plant, Mikania guaco, of tropical America.

  2. its leaves, or a substance obtained from them, sometimes used locally as an antidote for snakebites.

Origin of guaco

1
First recorded in 1815–25; from Latin American Spanish

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guaco

/ (ˈɡwɑːkəʊ) /


nounplural -cos
  1. any of several tropical American plants whose leaves are used as an antidote to snakebite, esp the climbers Mikania guaco, family Asteraceae (composites), or Aristolochia maxima (A. serpentina), family Aristolochiaceae

  2. the leaves of any of these plants

Origin of guaco

1
C19: from American Spanish

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