from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small genus of thorny shrubs or small trees, of the order Bixaceæ (or type of an order Flacourtiaceæ), natives of Africa, Asia, and the islands adjacent.

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  • n. often spiny trees or shrubs of tropical Asia and Africa


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  • An ointment made of the tabernamontana coronaria, the costus speciosus or arabicus, and the flacourtia cataphracta, can be used as an unguent of adornment.

    The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana


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