Calabar bean

Calabar bean

the violently poisonous seed of an African climbing plant, Physostigma venenosum, of the legume family, the active principle of which is physostigmine.
Also called ordeal bean.

1875–80; named after Calabar, Nigeria Unabridged
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Calabar bean (ˌkæləˈbɑː, ˈkæləˌbɑː)
the dark brown very poisonous seed of a leguminous woody climbing plant, Physostigma venenosum of tropical Africa, used as a source of the drug physostigmine

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Calabar bean Cal·a·bar bean (kāl'ə-bär)
The poisonous seed of a tropical western African woody vine in the pea family and source of the drug physostigmine.

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