Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: upas
Pronunciation: /ˈjuːpəs
(also upas tree)

Definition of upas in English:


1A tropical Asian tree, the milky sap of which has been used as arrow poison and for ritual purposes.
  • Antiaris toxicaria, family Moraceae
1.1(In folklore) a Javanese tree alleged to poison its surroundings and said to be fatal to approach.


late 18th century: from Malay (pohun) upas 'poison'.

Definition of upas in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…