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jalap

[jal-uh p, jah-luh p] /ˈdʒæl əp, ˈdʒɑ ləp/
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
1665-1675
1665-75; < Middle French < Spanish (purga de) Jalapa purgative from Jalapa
Related forms
jalapic
[ja-lap-ik, jah-] /dʒæˈlæp ɪk, dʒɑ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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jalap

/ˈdʒæləp/
noun
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
Derived Forms
jalapic (dʒəˈlæpɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Mexican Spanish jalapa, short for purga de Jalapa purgative of Jalapa
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