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angostura bark

[ang-guh-stoo r-uh, -styoo r-uh, ang-] /ˈæŋ gəˈstʊər ə, -ˈstyʊər ə, ˌæŋ-/
noun
1.
the bitter, aromatic bark of either of two South American citrus trees, Galipea officinalis or G. cusparia, used in medicine and in the preparation of liqueurs and bitters.
Also called angostura.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; after Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar), town in central Venezuela
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British Dictionary definitions for angostura

Angostura

/Spanish aŋɡɔsˈtura/
noun
1.
the former name (1764–1846) for Ciudad Bolívar

angostura bark

/ˌæŋɡəˈstjʊərə/
noun
1.
the bitter aromatic bark of certain South American rutaceous trees of the genus Cusparia or Galipea, formerly used medicinally to reduce fever
Word Origin
c18 from Angostura
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Encyclopedia Article for angostura

Angostura

city, capital of Bolivar estado (state), southeastern Venezuela. It lies on a small hill on the south bank of the Orinoco River, opposite Soledad on the north. Its elevation ranges from 85 to 246 feet (26 to 75 m) above sea level; the average annual temperature is 85 F (29 C). The town was founded in 1764 as San Tomas de la Nueva Guayana de la Angostura. In 1846 the name was changed to honour the Venezuelan liberator Simon Bolivar. The bark of a local tree contributed to the flavour and medicinal qualities of Angostura Bitters, invented by Bolivar's Prussian physician in 1824. The bitters were manufactured in Ciudad Bolivar until 1875, when, owing to political instability in Venezuela, the company moved to Port of Spain, Trinidad

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