Copaiva

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Copaiva (Med) A more or less viscid, yellowish liquid, the bitter oleoresin of several species of Copaifera, a genus of trees growing in South America and the West Indies. It is stimulant and diuretic, and was formerly much used in affections of the mucous membranes. It is also used in varnishes and lacquers, and in cleaning oil paintings. -- called also balsam of copaiba copaiba balsam balsam capivi, and Jesuits' resin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n copaiva Same as copaiba.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. & Pg., fr. Brazil. cupa├║ba,

Usage

In literature:

Balsam of copaiva or of Peru.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
He had been under the most atrocious allopathic treatment; had been drugged with copaiva, spts.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
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