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

  • n. A low-growing tropical American shrub (Cephaelis ipecacuanha) having roots and rhizomes that yield emetine.
  • n. The dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub.
  • n. A medicinal preparation made from the dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub that is used to induce vomiting, particularly in cases of poisoning and drug overdose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The plant ipecacuanha (Psychotria ipecacuanha) or its root.
  • n. Syrup of ipecac, produced from this plant's root, used to induce emesis (vomiting).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An abbreviation of ipecacuanha, and in more frequent use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as ipecacuanha.
  • n. The spreading dogbane, Apocynum androsæmifolium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medicinal drug used to evoke vomiting (especially in cases of drug overdose or poisoning)


Short for Portuguese ipecacuanha, from Tupi ipekaaguéne : ipeh, low + kaâ, leaves + guéne, vomit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening of ipecacuanha, from Tupian. (Wiktionary)



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