from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dark resinous extract obtained from several tropical American woody plants, especially Chondrodendron tomentosum or certain species of Strychnos, used as an arrow poison by some Indian peoples of South America.
- n. A purified preparation or alkaloid obtained from Chondrodendron tomentosum, used in medicine and surgery to relax skeletal muscles.
- n. A plant yielding curare.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant, Strychnos toxifera, known for the toxin it produces.
- n. A substance containing the alkaloid D-tubocurarine, used historically as a muscle relaxant during surgery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A black resinoid extract prepared by the South American Indians from the bark of several species of Strychnos (Strychnos toxifera, etc.). It sometimes has little effect when taken internally, but is quickly fatal when introduced into the blood, and used by the Indians as an arrow poison.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as curari.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles
In his textbook on physiology, Professor Holmgren calls curare the "most cruel of poisons," because an animal under its influence "it changes instantly into a living corpse which hears and sees, and knows everything, but is unable to move a single muscle; and under its influence no creature can give the faintest indication of its hopeless condition."
Amongst the most curious of the discoveries made by Humboldt, we must mention that of the "curare," the virulent poison which he saw manufactured by the Catarapeni and Maquiritare Indians, and a specimen of which he sent to the Institute with the "dapiche," a variety of
Such is the quickness with which the "curare" does its work!
a single engagement seventy of Hojeda's companions fell under the arrows of the savages, fearful weapons steeped in "curare," so fatal
It contained a secret compartment with a needle and enough curare to kill a captured pilot instantly.
Hammett and his followers, Chandler wrote, "gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not with hand-wrought duelling pistols, curare, and tropical fish."
No curare lipstick touched the president, even if Joe Biden seemed the closest to the blond ambition danger.
I used no anesthetic other than the curare,which was mostly a muscle relaxant.
“I prepared a fast acting curare-based anesthetic injection and hid it on me, then waited for the Doctor to return.”
And as doctors later found out, many of these problems could be avoided with a judicious shot of a paralytic drug like curare, famously used as the poison on the end of a dart.