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dulcamara Line breaks: dul¦ca|mara
Pronunciation: /ˌdʌlkəˈmɛːrə/

Definition of dulcamara in English:


[mass noun]
An extract of woody nightshade, used in homeopathy especially for treating skin diseases and chest complaints.
Example sentences
  • In hamsters, a high dose of extracts from Solanum elaeagnifolium, Solanum dulcamara, Solanum sarrachoides and Solanum melongena induced congenital craneo-face malformations and gastric and intestinal changes.
  • Blooming in the lawn areas were Calystegia sepium, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Crataegus sp., Matricaria matricarioides, Solanum dulcamara, Taraxacum officinale, Trifolium pratense and T. repens.
  • However, the 2D8 probe failed to hybridize to the species within the following outgroups: S. pseudocapsicum, S. suaveolens, S. dulcamara, and C. pubescens.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin (used as a specific epithet in Solanum dulcamara), from Latin dulcis 'sweet' + amara 'bitter'.

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