any of various shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Strophanthus, of the dogbane family, chiefly of tropical Africa.
the dried, ripe seed of any of these plants, which yields the drug strophanthin.
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How to use strophanthus in a sentence
The exquisitely beautiful seed of strophanthus Kombe is used as an arrow poison.The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
The poison used here, and called kombi, is obtained from a species of strophanthus, and is very virulent.
A little tincture of strophanthus used to relieve me during intermittence.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916 | Olga Metchnikoff
The well-known diuretic properties of digitalis, strophanthus and squills are greatly enhanced by the addition of the oxysaponin.
The action of digitalis, moreover, persists much longer than does that of strophanthus.
British Dictionary definitions for strophanthus
any small tree or shrub of the apocynaceous genus Strophanthus, of tropical Africa and Asia, having strap-shaped twisted petals. The seeds of certain species yield the drug strophanthin
the seeds of any of these plants
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