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.
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.