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- n. A flowering plant, Psychotria ipecacuanha, the root of which has medicinal uses.
- n. The powdered root of this plant, used as an emetic; ipecac.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The root of a Brazilian rubiaceous herb (Cephaëlis Ipecacuanha), largely employed as an emetic; also, the plant itself; also, a medicinal extract of the root. Many other plants are used as a substitutes; among them are the black or Peruvian ipecac (Psychotria emetica), the white ipecac (Ionidium Ipecacuanha), the bastard or wild ipecac (Asclepias Curassavica), and the undulated ipecac (Richardsonia scabra).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dried root of Cephaëlis Ipecacuanha, a small shrubby plant, a native of Brazil, the United States of Colombia, and other parts of South America.
Tupian ipekaaguéne, from ipeh ("low") + kaâ ("leaves") + guéne ("vomit"), via Portuguese ipecacuanha. (Wiktionary)