from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Brazil, the name of a shrub belonging to the solanum family, Brunfelsia Hopeana, the tough woody root of which is used as a remedy for rheumatism and syphilis. See Brunfelsia.


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  • Sometimes we went for a half mile under arches of cocoanut palms and a straight broad leafed palm called the manaca that rises in separate leaves sixty feet from the ground.

    Adventures and Letters of Richard Harding Davis

  • Then we go through forests of manaca palms that spread out on a single stem sideways and form arches over our heads with the leaves hanging in front of us like portiers or we cross great plains of grass and cactus and rock.

    Adventures and Letters of Richard Harding Davis


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