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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two tropical American shrubs (Pilocarpus jaborandi or P. microphyllus) whose dried leaves yield the medicinal alkaloid pilocarpine.
  • n. The dried leaves of these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of the genus Pilocarpus of plants, some of which are important medicinally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The native name of a South American rutaceous shrub (Pilocarpus pennatifolius). The leaves are used in medicine as an diaphoretic and sialogogue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Brazilian plant, Pilocarpus pennatifolius; also, the drug obtained from it.

Etymologies

Portuguese and American Spanish, from Tupi, one that spits.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Rare or threatened trees in the area include jaborandi (Pilocarpus microphyllus), mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), and Dicypellium caryophyllatum, a timber tree whose bark contains a pleasant-smelling essential oil.

    Tocantins-Araguaia-Maranhão moist forests

  • He returned to the lab and cooked up a brew consisting of some exotic poisons: atropine (a naturally occurring alkaloid of atropia belladonna or deadly nightshade), sparteine (a compound derived from the European shrub Scotch broom, Cytisus scoparius), and pilocarpine hydrochloride (an alkaloid found in the leaves of a South American shrub, Pilocarpus jaborandi).

    The Very Nutty Professor

  • Though the pathological conditions of hydrophobia and serpent poisoning are by no means parallel, the _rationale_ of the methods employed in opening the emunctories of the skin are the same; and were it not for its powerful protracting effect and depressing action upon the heart, we might perhaps secure valuable aid from jaborandi

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 421, January 26, 1884

  • For this symptom fluid extract of jaborandi was prescribed with the effect of relieving the itching.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Prentiss also reported the following case 9.332 as adding another to the evidence that jaborandi will produce the effect mentioned under favorable circumstances: Mrs. L., aged seventy-two years, was suffering from Bright's disease (contracted kidney).

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Prentiss also reported the following case a as adding another to the evidence that jaborandi will produce the effect mentioned under favorable circumstances: Mrs. L., aged seventy-two years, was suffering from Bright's disease (contracted kidney).

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Constitutional remedies are practically powerless; occasionally some good is accomplished by the internal administration of linseed oil and jaborandi.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Including the Syphilodermata Arranged in the Form of Questions and Answers Prepared Especially for Students of Medicine

  • When the breathing begins to be loud, relief is afforded in some cases by giving a drench composed of 2 drams of fluid extract of jaborandi in half a pint of water.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • Finally, I will cite jaborandi (Tupí), ` the dried leaves of a rutaceous shrub, Pilocarpus jaborandi, that are a source of philocarpine, 'and pataua (Tupí) ` a fatty oil similar to olive oil obtained from the fruit of a Brazilian palm.'

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 3

  • "It was pilocarpine, jaborandi, a plant found largely in Brazil, one of the antidotes for stramonium poisoning.

    Gold of the Gods

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