Definition of rauwolfia in English:


Line breaks: rau|wol¦fia
Pronunciation: /raʊˈwɒlfɪə
, raʊˈvɒlfɪə/
(also rauvolfia)


A tropical shrub or small tree, some kinds of which are cultivated for medicinal drugs.
  • Genus Rauwolfia (or Rauvolfia), family Apocynaceae: many species, in particular the Indian snakeroot (R. serpentina), from which the drug reserpine is obtained


modern Latin, named after Leonhard Rauwolf (died 1596), German botanist.

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