Definitions

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  • n. Tabebuia, the ipê tree.
  • n. The hardwood of this tree.
  • n. The inner bark of this tree, used medicinally.

Etymologies

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From Portuguese pau-d’arco, literally “bow wood”. Compare bois d’arc.

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  • pau d'arco - a South American plant whose bark has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

    (Portuguese, "wood of the (violin) bow")

    From: Encarta World English Dictionary

    July 31, 2009