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- n. curare
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- n. Same as Curare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as woorali, woorari. See curari.
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It is called the wourali poison, and is said to be extracted from a sort of creeping vine, which grows in the country.
It is called the wourali poison, and is said to be extracted from a sort of creeping vine which grows in the country.
The wourali and other poisons mentioned by Humboldt have, since the publication of this work, been carefully analysed by the first chemists of Europe, and experiments made on their symptoms and supposed remedies.
Orfila, therefore, in his excellent work On Poisons, has very judiciously separated the wourali of Dutch Guiana, the curare of the Orinoco, the ticuna of the Amazon, and all those substances which have been too vaguely united under the name of American poisons.
Having scraped the wourali vine and bitter root into thin shavings, he puts them into a sieve made of leaves, which he holds over the earthen pot, pouring water on them.
The wourali poison is made chiefly by the natives of the northern part of the Amazonian valley.
The native hunter, on wishing to obtain one of these creatures alive, goes forth with his blow-pipe, and arrows tipped with diluted wourali poison.
The points of the arrows are tipped with the deadly wourali or urali poison.
The former are noted for being the manufacturers of the celebrated wourali poison described by Waterton.
The poison takes its name from the wourali vine, the scraped wood of which, and some bitter roots, form the chief ingredients, boiled together.