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turpeth

[tur-pith] /ˈtɜr pɪθ/
noun
1.
the root of an East Indian plant, Merremia (or Operculina) turpethum, of the morning glory family, formerly used as a purgative.
2.
the plant itself.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Medieval Latin turpethum < Arabic turbid < Persian; akin to Sanskrit tripuṭā; replacing Middle English turbit(h)(e) < Old French turbit(h) < Arabic turbid, as above
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turpeth

/ˈtɜːpɪθ/
noun
1.
a convolvulaceous plant, Operculina turpethum, of the East Indies, having roots with purgative properties
2.
the root of this plant or the drug obtained from it
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin turbithum, ultimately from Arabic turbid
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