Definition of jaborandi in English:


Line breaks: jabo|randi
Pronunciation: /ˌdʒabəˈrandi


  • 1 [mass noun] A drug made from the dried leaves of certain South American plants, which contain the alkaloid pilocarpine and promote salivation when chewed.
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    • In exanthematous fevers of all kinds jaborandi in small doses is the remedy par excellence.
    • Both jaborandi and pilocarpine may cause headaches and can irritate the stomach and cause vomiting and nausea.
  • 2Any of the plants that yield jaborandi.
    • Several genera and species, in particular Pilocarpus jaborandi (family Rutaceae)
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    • Pilocarpus was at one time adulterated with spurious jaborandis, other foreign leaves, stems, dirt and mouldy leaves.
    • Brushwood is represented by low and thick bushes, at the sides of the paths, formed by jaborandis, vassouras, and carquejas.


early 17th century: from Tupi-Guarani jaburandi, literally 'a person who spits'.

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