from The Century Dictionary.
- noun South American arrow-poison: same as
curari. Also wourali, wourari.
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- noun Same as
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"Curari, called variously 'curara, ourari, woorali', a deadly poison which leaves no trace when injected into the blood, or applied to an open wound or sore."
I thought of curare, or woorali, the South American arrow poison with which Kennedy once had dealt.
Our readers are well aware of the deadly effects of the Indian poison called wurare, or woorali, concerning which we have often had occasion to record the most interesting experiments, especially in mentioning the attempts made to use it as a specific for lockjaw, its peculiar action consisting in relaxing the muscular system.
M. Thiercelin, the inventor of this poison, composes it by mixing a salt of strychnine with one-twentieth of woorali.
Having scraped the woorali vine and bitter root into thin shavings, he put them into a sieve made of leaves, which he held over a bowl, and poured water on them: a thick liquor came through, having the appearance of coffee.
He told us that the native, when he wishes to catch one alive, goes forth with his blowpipe and arrows tipped with diluted woorali poison.
How could he, indeed, he observed, find the materials for concocting the woorali poison into which to dip the point of his darts?
The first was composed of several bunches of the woorali vine; another was a root with a sharp, bitter taste.
Kallolo, who had started as he intended at daybreak, returned in the evening with the materials for his blowpipe, and the ingredients for manufacturing the woorali poison.