from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, Ruellia tuberosa, found in Texas, Mexico, California, the West Indies, and elsewhere. Its flowers are large and blue, and its tuberous roots have emetic properties.
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The pods of cow-itch (_Mucuna pruriens_) act as a vermifuge; the roots of the _Ruellia tuberosa_, or manyroot, and the bulbs of the white lily (_Pancratium Carribæum_ and _maritimum_), are emetic.
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