from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several tropical American plants, as in the genus Lonchocarpus, that contain a substance that can stun or paralyze fish.
- n. Any of several Mexican plants of the genus Dioscorea having a large, inedible root that yields an extract used as a raw material for synthetic steroid hormones.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a West Indian shrub or small tree (Jacquinia keyensis) having leathery saponaceous leaves and extremely hard wood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name in Porto Rico, Cuba, and other Spanish-speaking countries of a number of shrubs and trees bearing poisonous seeds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. West Indian shrub or small tree having leathery saponaceous leaves and extremely hard wood
We would not employ the barbasco, that is to say, the roots of the
We would not employ the barbasco, that is to say, the roots of the Piscidea erithyrna, the Jacquinia armillaris, and some species of phyllanthus, which thrown into the pool, intoxicate or benumb the eels.
Other species are very valuable for the non-wood products they provide; this is true of the tagua palm (Phytelephas aequatorialis) and "barbasco" (Jacquinia sprucei).
Out of these, when properly pounded together, Guapo intended to make the celebrated "barbasco," or fish-poison, which is used by all the Indians of South America in capturing fish.
Temi, as a kind of barbasco, to intoxicate fish; and finally, the liana, known in those countries by the name of vejuco de mavacure, which yields the famous curare poison.
"barbasco," from a tree of the genus _Jacquinia_, and a plant of the name "sarnango."
"curare de raiz;" and with others the poison is produced by a mixture of several species of juices from the plant _Ambihuasca_, tobacco, red pepper, a bark called "barbasco," from a tree of the genus _Jacquinia_, and a plant of the name "sarnango."
In the 1950s, barbasco was heavily harvested for diosgenin, which is an ingredient of contraceptive products.
Known to the Ingano as sacha barbasco, it was one of four fish poisons collected that first morning.
While making our way along the trail, the women cut down barbasco wood (the Inca name for a vine whose sap is a deadly poison) and packed it along with them.