upas

upas

[yoo-puhs]
noun
1.
the poisonous milky sap of a large tree, Antiaris toxicaria, of the mulberry family, native to tropical Asia, Africa, and the Philippine Islands, used for arrow poison.
2.
the tree itself.

Origin:
1775–85; < Javanese: poison, especially dart poison

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upas (ˈjuːpəs)
 
n
1.  a large moraceous tree of Java, Antiaria toxicaria, having whitish bark and poisonous milky sap
2.  the sap of this tree, used as an arrow poison
 
[C19: from Malay: poison]

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upas
legendary poisonous tree of Java, 1783, from Malay upas "poison," in pohun upas "poison tree." The story appears to have originated in Du. in 1770s.
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