Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bitter root of a plant (Jateorhiza calumba, and probably Cocculus palmatus), indigenous to Mozambique, and used as a tonic and antiseptic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The root of a plant (Jateorrhiza Calumba, and probably Cocculus palmatus), indigenous in Mozambique. It has an unpleasantly bitter taste, and is used as a tonic and antiseptic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A recent form of columbo, the common name for the root of Jateorhiza palmata and other plants. See columbo.

Etymologies

From its native name in Mozambique. (Wiktionary)

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  • "'We shall treat the indisposition as a case of nascent yellow fever, and I shall dose myself accordingly. Have we any calumba root left?'"
    —P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 225

    A Sea of Words: Columbo root, prescribed as a mild astringent tonic. (128)

    March 18, 2008