Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The root of Jateorrhiza Calumba (J. palmata), a menispermaceous plant of southeastern Africa, cultivated in some African and East Indian islands. The columbo of commerce consists of thick circular disks, an inch or two in diameter and depressed in the middle, cut from the root, the taste of which is persistently bitter and slightly aromatic. It is much used in medicine as a mild tonic. A false columboroot is furnished by Coscinium fenestratum, a menispermaceous plant of Ceylon. Also written calumba, colomba, columba.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) See calumba.
- n. any of various tall perennial herbs constituting the genus Frasera; widely distributed in warm dry upland areas of California, Oregon, and Washington
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“Take of gentian 4 oz., orange peel 4 oz., columbo 4 oz., chamomile flowers 4 oz., quassia 4 oz., burned sugar 1 lb., whiskey 2-1/2 galls., water 2-1/2 galls,; mix and let stand one week, then bottle the clear liquor.”
“As regards the vegetable tonics so called, the best among them is the columbo (Radix columbo) and this readily yields its bitter principle to water, as does quassia, gentian, senna, rhubarb and most other valuable substances.”
“Blennerhassett was convoyed to the depths of the island forest, where the strangely assorted pair conversed intimately on the virtues of pleurisy-root, Indian physic and columbo.”
“This may be corrected by taking at night a tea-spoonful of the confection of senna, a pleasant preparation of this ordinarily disagreeable medicine, and by drinking three times a day, before each meal, a wine-glassful of a tea made with columbo.”
“Half an ounce of powdered columbo should be added, for this purpose, to a pint of boiling water.”
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