jaborandi

jaborandi

[jab-uh-ran-dee, -ran-dee]
noun, plural jaborandis.
1.
any of several South American shrubs belonging to the genus Pilocarpus, of the rue family.
2.
the dried leaflets of certain of these plants, especially P. jaborandi, containing the alkaloid pilocarpine, used in medicine.

Origin:
1870–75; < Portuguese < Tupi, said to mean “one who makes saliva, one who spits”

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jaborandi (ˌdʒæbəˈrændɪ)
 
n
1.  any of several tropical American rutaceous shrubs of the genus Pilocarpus, esp P. jaborandi
2.  the dried leaves of any of these plants, used to induce sweating
 
[C19: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yaborandí]

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