from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The seeds of Strychnos Tieute of Java, similar in appearance to nux vomica, though smaller. The root-extract is used in the manufacture of the poisonous upas tieute or upas radja. See chettik.
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The former he states to be a decoction or extract from the bark of the roots of a climbing plant of the genus strychnos, called tieute by the natives of Java; and the latter to be a milky, bitter, and yellowish juice, running from an incision in the bark of a large tree (new genus) called antiar; the word upas meaning, as M. Leschenault understands, vegetable poison of any kind.
The poison of the ticunas of the Amazon, the upas-tieute of Java, and the curare of
[* The nux vomica, the upas tieute, and the bean of St. Ignatius, Strychnos Ignatia.]
The poison of the ticunas of the Amazon, the upas-tieute of Java, and the curare of Guiana, are the most deleterious substances that are known.
I shall not here enter into any detail on the physiological properties of those poisons of the New World which kill with the same promptitude as the strychneae of Asia, * (* The nux vomica, the upas tieute, and the bean of St. Ignatius, St.ychnos Ignatia.) but without producing vomiting when they are received into the stomach, and without denoting the approach of death by the violent excitement of the spinal marrow.
Since the above was written I have seen the Dissertation sur les Effets d'un Poison de Java, appele Upas tieute, etc.; presentee a la