Definition of hoodia in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhʊdɪə


  • 1A cactus-like succulent plant native to southern Africa.
    • Genus Hoodia, family Asclepiadaceae: several species, in particular H. gordonii
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    • Similarly, trade restrictions now apply to hoodia, a cactus native to southern Africa.
    • It is developed from the hoodia cactus, which grows in isolated parts of the Kalahari desert.
    • For thousands of years the Bushmen chewed on the hoodia as an appetite suppressant on long journeys across the desert.
  • 2 [mass noun] A compound derived from hoodia which acts as an appetite suppressant.
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    • The active ingredient in hoodia is a compound called P57.
    • I no longer take hoodia because I now know how much I should be eating to maintain my weight and no longer eat huge meals.
    • The ideal time to take hoodia is 30-60 minutes before each meal.


early 20th century: modern Latin (genus name), from Hood, the surname of an English plant grower.

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