1. a solanaceous shrub or small tree, Duboisia hopwoodi, of Australia.
  2. a stimulant made from the dried leaves and twigs of this plant, used by the aborigines as a narcotic.

Origin of pituri

First recorded in 1860–65, pituri is from the Wiradjuri word pi-ju-rī
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Historical Examples of pituri

  • The black boys behaved splendidly, so I gave them the "pituri" intended for Mr. Bailey.

    Reminiscences of Queensland

    William Henry Corfield

British Dictionary definitions for pituri


noun plural -ris
  1. an Australian solanaceous shrub, Duboisia hopwoodii, the leaves of which are the source of a narcotic used by the native Australians

Word Origin for pituri

C19: from a native Australian name
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