Calumba

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Calumba (Med) The root of a plant (Jateorrhiza Calumba, and probably Cocculus palmatus), indigenous in Mozambique. It has an unpleasantly bitter taste, and is used as a tonic and antiseptic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calumba A recent form of columbo, the common name for the root of Jateorhiza palmata and other plants. See columbo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calumba ka-lum′ba the root of an East African plant, extensively used in medicine as a stomachic and tonic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
from kalumb, its native name in Mozambique
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Colombo in Ceylon.

Usage

In literature:

Mix one drachm of powdered rhubarb with the same quantity of dried carbonate of soda, then add two drachms of powdered calumba root.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
CINCHONA BARK: commercial varieties of CALUMBA ROOT.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
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