Culver's physic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Culver's physic a tall perennial herb having spikes of small white or purple flowers; common in eastern North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Culver's physic (Bot) The root of a handsome erect herb (Leptandra Virginica syn. Veronica Virginica) common in most moist woods of North America , used as an active cathartic and emetic; also, the plant itself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Culver's physic popular name of a kind of speedwell, the rhizome of Veronica virginica, used medicinally.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called after a Dr. Culver, who used it
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from one Dr Culver.