asarabacca

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asarabacca thick creeping evergreen herb of western Europe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asarabacca (Bot) An acrid herbaceous plant (Asarum Europæum), the leaves and roots of which are emetic and cathartic. It is principally used in cephalic snuffs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asarabacca A common name of a European plant, a species of Asarum, A. Europœum. See Asarum. Also spelled asarabaca.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Asarabacca as-a-ra-bak′a a European plant, a species of Asarum, having acrid properties, formerly used in the preparation of snuffs for catarrh, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. asarum, + bacca, a berry. See Asarone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. asarum, bacca, a berry.