- any of several South American shrubs belonging to the genus Pilocarpus, of the rue family.
- the dried leaflets of certain of these plants, especially P. jaborandi, containing the alkaloid pilocarpine, used in medicine.
Origin of jaborandi
1870–75; < Portuguese < Tupi, said to mean “one who makes saliva, one who spits”
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Examples from the Web for jaborandi
Jaborandi or its alkaloid pilocarpin will generally produce it.
Jaborandi, jab′o-ran′di, n. a Brazilian shrub with sialogogue and diaphoretic properties.
After this nothing is given but orange-leaf tea, to promote perspiration, and sometimes a little extract of jaborandi.Health, Happiness, and Longevity
Louis Philippe McCarty
- any of several tropical American rutaceous shrubs of the genus Pilocarpus, esp P. jaborandi
- the dried leaves of any of these plants, used to induce sweating
C19: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yaborandí
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