guaco

guaco

[gwah-koh]
noun, plural guacos.
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:
1815–25; < American Spanish

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guaco (ˈɡwɑːkəʊ)
 
n , pl -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
 
[C19: from American Spanish]

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