Jesuits' resin

noun Unabridged


[koh-pey-buh, -pahy-buh]
an oleoresin obtained from several tropical, chiefly South American trees belonging to the genus Copaifera, of the legume family, used chiefly in varnishes and lacquers, for removing old oil varnish from or for brightening oil paintings, and formerly in medicine in the treatment of certain mucous-membrane conditions.
Also called balsam capivi, Jesuits' resin.

1705–15; < Spanish < Portuguese < Tupi cupaiba Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
copaiba or copaiva (kəʊˈpaɪbə, kəʊˈpaɪvə)
copaiba balsam, Also called: copaiba resin a transparent yellowish viscous oleoresin obtained from certain tropical South American trees of the leguminous genus Copaifera: used in varnishes and ointments
[C18: via Spanish via Portuguese from Tupi]
copaiva or copaiva
[C18: via Spanish via Portuguese from Tupi]

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