Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An East Indian bitter derived from the dried stems of Ophelia Chirata, a gentianaceous plant from the north of India. It is very similar in its properties to gentian, and is used medicinally for similar purposes, especially in India, where it is much valued. Several other species of Ophelia and allied genera are known in India by the same name and have the same virtues.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A plant (Agathotes Chirayta) found in Northern India, having medicinal properties to the gentian, and esteemed as a tonic and febrifuge.
- Hindi (Wiktionary)
“Arsenic and chiretta, but without effect of recovery, he is gradually getting day by day weaker, and we have had 'chit chat' at your quarters for granting to my son an appointment as clerk in your office, please try your best and grant him one, for which act of kindness I shall ever pray for your long life and prosperity.”
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