• WordNet 3.6
    • n copaiba an oleoresin used in varnishes and ointments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Copaiba (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 copaiba The balsam or resinous juice flowing from incisions made in the stem of a plant, Copaifera officinalis, and several other species of the genus, growing in Brazil, Peru, and elsewhere. See Copaifera. It has a peculiar aromatic odor, and a bitterish, persistently acrid, and nauseous taste. It consists of an acid resin dissolved in a volatile oil which has the composition and general chemical properties of oil of turpentine, but with a higher boiling-point. The balsam is used in medicine, especially in affections of the mucous membranes. It is also employed in the arts, as a medium for verifiable colors used in china-painting. Also called capivi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Copaiba ko-pā′ba a balsam obtained from an American tree, much used in medicine
    • Copaiba Also Copai′va
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. & Pg., fr. Brazil. cupaúba,


In literature:

Such things as copaiba, cubebs, sandalwood, alcohol, coffee, etc., have their recognizable fragrance.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
If balsam of copaiba is made use of, the index of refraction of which is 1.50, a symmetrical field of about 24 deg.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884." by Various
The trade is chiefly in rubber, copaiba, and fish.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Here grow the jalap and the guaiacum, the sweet-scented sassafras and the sanitary copaiba.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Balsam of copaiba (1 dram daily) may also be given with advantage after the purulent discharge has appeared.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
In the forest is found the copaiba-tree, producing a healing liquid.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
One-half ounce balsam copaiba, one-quarter ounce liquorice powder, one-half drachm piperine.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
For the sloughing ulcer, stimulating applications are often useful; such as Venice turpentine or balsam copaibae, mixed with olive oil.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Small doses (2 drams) of balsam of copaiba are sometimes useful in imparting tone to the partly paralyzed organ.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Copaiba shares the pharmacological characters of volatile oils generally.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
She had taken but little medicine of any kind, except balsam copaiba.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
Rub the copaiba, licorice, and honey together in a mortar: after they are well mixed, add the water.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd