Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[ip-i-kak] /ˈɪp ɪˌkæk/
the dried root of a shrubby South American plant, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, of the madder family.
the plant itself.
a drug consisting of the dried roots of this plant, used as an emetic, purgative, etc., and as the source of emetine.
Also, ipecacuanha
[ip-i-kak-yoo-an-uh] /ˌɪp ɪˌkæk yuˈæn ə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of ipecac
1780-90, Americanism; short for ipecacuanha < Portuguese < Tupi ipekaaguéne, equivalent to ipeh low + kaâ leaves + guéne vomit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ipecac
Historical Examples
Word Origin and History for ipecac

1710, borrowing via Portuguese of a shortened form of Tupi ipecacuana (a word attested in English from 1682), a medicinal plant of Brazil. The Indian word is said to mean "small plant causing vomit."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
ipecac in Medicine

ipecac ip·e·cac (ĭp'ĭ-kāk')
A preparation that is made from the dried roots and rhizomes of the shrub Cephaelis ipecacuanha that is used to induce vomiting.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for ipecac

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ipecac