Tabasheer

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tabasheer A concretion in the joints of the bamboo, which consists largely or chiefly of pure silica. It is highly valued in the East Indies as a medicine for the cure of bilious vomitings, bloody flux, piles, and various other diseases.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tabasheer A white opaque or translucent variety of opal which breaks into irregular pieces like dry starch, found in the joints of the bamboo in the East and Brazil, and believed to be caused by disease or injury to the plant. It possesses the power of absorbing its own weight of water, when it becomes entirely transparent. It is probably the “oculus mundi” of the gem-writers of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. In the East Indies tabasheer, prepared by calcining and pulverizing, is largely used as a medicine by both Hindus and Mohammedans; it is esteemed cooling, tonic, aphrodisiac, and pectoral.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tabasheer tab-a-shēr′ a substance, consisting chiefly of silica, sometimes found in the cavities or tubular parts of the stems of bamboos and other large grasses, and prized by the Hindus as a tonic, &c., prepared by imperfect calcination and trituration.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Per. tabāshīr,: cf. Skr. tvakkshīrā, tvakshīrā,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. tabāshīr.

Usage

In literature:

Tabasheer seems to stand in the same relation to the mineral kingdom as do ambers and pearls.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 595, May 28, 1887" by Various
Tabasheer is a white substance mainly composed of silica, found in the joints of several bamboos.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
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