Definition of boldo in English:

boldo

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒldəʊ
 
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noun (plural boldos)

  • 1An evergreen Chilean tree from which are obtained an edible fruit, a dye, and a medicinal leaf infusion.
    • Peumus boldus, family Monimiaceae
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    • The essential oil of boldo contains ascaridole, which is toxic to humans and should not be used, as it can cause ringing in the ears, spasms as well as coma.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A medicinal preparation of the leaves of the boldo tree, used as a tonic and digestive aid.
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    • The main use of boldo leaf is as a choleretic medicine to treat dyspepsia and mild spastic complaints.
    • In Anglo-American herbal medicine, boldo is combined with barberry and fringe tree to treat gallstones.
    • The Commission reported that boldo increases gastric secretions, and has approved boldo as treatment for mild dyspepsia and spastic gastrointestinal complaints.

Origin

early 18th century: via American Spanish from Araucanian voldo.

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