from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flowering plant, Psychotria ipecacuanha, the root of which has medicinal uses.
- n. The powdered root of this plant, used as an emetic; ipecac.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The root of a Brazilian rubiaceous herb (Cephaëlis Ipecacuanha), largely employed as an emetic; also, the plant itself; also, a medicinal extract of the root. Many other plants are used as a substitutes; among them are the black or Peruvian ipecac (Psychotria emetica), the white ipecac (Ionidium Ipecacuanha), the bastard or wild ipecac (Asclepias Curassavica), and the undulated ipecac (Richardsonia scabra).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dried root of Cephaëlis Ipecacuanha, a small shrubby plant, a native of Brazil, the United States of Colombia, and other parts of South America.
The ipecacuanha is a pretty, delicate plant, which bears a bright orange-colored cluster of flowers.
The similia principle had a prior history in medicine, from Hippocrates in Ancient Greece -- who noted, for example, that recurrent vomiting could be treated with an emetic (such as ipecacuanha) that would be expected to make it worse -- to folk medicine. (
He was forced to concentrate with all his will in order to remember which of them could stand ipecacuanha, and which of them were constitutionally unable to retain that powerful drug.
Here, then, for six interminable years, one of the acutest brains in Europe had to interest itself in fraying ipecacuanha and mixing black draughts behind an apothecary's counter.
For my own part, libertine as people think me, when I had occasion to be sick, I took a dose of ipecacuanha, that I might not be guilty of a falsehood; and most heartily sick was I; as she, who then pitied me, full well knew.
The ipecacuanha contrivance convinces me that she loves me.
And yet I must tell thee, that too many pleasanter expedients offer themselves, to make trial any more of this confounded ipecacuanha.
Why, take a few grains of ipecacuanha; enough to make me reach like a fury.
He forms great hopes of success from the effects of his ipecacuanha contrivance.
I told her, that I had hoped, from the generous concern she had expressed for me, when I was so suddenly and dangerously taken ill — [the ipecacuanha experiment, Jack!]