jalap

[jal-uhp, jah-luhp]
noun
1.
the dried tuberous root of any of several plants, especially Exogonium purga, of the morning glory family, or the light yellowish powder derived from it, used in medicine chiefly as a purgative.
2.
any of these plants.

Origin:
1665–75; < Middle French < Spanish (purga de) Jalapa purgative from Jalapa

jalapic [ja-lap-ik, jah-] , adjective
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jalap or jalop (ˈdʒæləp)
 
n
1.  a Mexican convolvulaceous plant, Exogonium (or Ipomoea) purga
2.  any of several similar or related plants
3.  the dried and powdered root of any of these plants, used as a purgative
4.  the resin obtained from any of these plants
 
[C17: from French, from Mexican Spanish jalapa, short for purga de Jalapa purgative of Jalapa]
 
jalop or jalop
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Mexican Spanish jalapa, short for purga de Jalapa purgative of Jalapa]
 
jalapic or jalop
 
adj

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