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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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jalopy

noun
  1. An old and battered car or airplane; heap: A jalopy is a model one step above a ''junker''
  2. Any car; any vehicle; buggy: Let them search every jalop on the road

[1924+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Jalapa, a Mexican city to which many US used cars were sent]


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