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- n. Any of various vine-like climbing plants of Central and South America and the West Indies, including Mikania and Aristolochia species, reputed to have curative powers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant (Aristolochia anguicida) of Carthagena, used as an antidote to serpent bites.
- n. The Mikania Guaco, of Brazil, used for the same purpose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Mikania Guaco, a climbing composite of tropical America; also, a medicinal substance consisting of, or an aromatic bitter obtained from, the leaves of this plant.
- n. The Aristolochia maxima of tropical America, employed as a remedy for the bites of serpents.
- n. Same as huaco.
It is true there are other birds that kill and eat serpents, -- as the "guaco" bird of South America, and many hawks and kites, -- but the secretary is the only winged creature that makes reptiles of this class exclusively its prey, and carries on a constant war against them.
"He has only bound on leaves from a shrub called guaco; but you needn't try to remember the name, for they are efficacious only while green.
Regular menu items include the "guaco taco" (chunky guacamole sweet with raw corn and diced onion), as well as tacos with "chipotle'd" chicken and brisket braised in Sinaloan chilorio sauce ($3.50-$4).
The tropical rainforests are characterized by Ceiba petandra, Cavanillesia platanifolia (IK), Hura crepitans, caracolí Anacardium excelsum, guaco Brosimum utile, and palma mil pesos Jessenia polycarps (IK).
In the _New Monthly Magazine_ for October, 1826, is the following statement of the efficacy of the guaco for the cure of the bite of a mad dog, published by the gentleman who first made use of the plant in
It fortunately occurred to me, that the guaco, so celebrated for curing the bite or sting of all venomous snakes, might prove equally efficacious in hydrophobic cases.
May, 1842, p. 286, describes the guaco as a tree growing from four to eight feet in height, with beautiful dark green leaves, having a brown tinge round the margin.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
"When I have bound more guaco leaves on this man's wound," was the answer, and now the boys noticed that he had brought a fresh supply of the wonderful shrub.
Mutis, with the bejuco del guaco (Mikania guaco), which is the most powerful of all antidotes against the bite of serpents, and of which we were fortunate enough to give the first botanical description.
But it did not remain long upon the ground, for in a few moments the guaco rose into the air, and carried the struggling victim into the woods to devour it at his leisure.