Definition of rauwolfia in English:

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rauwolfia

Pronunciation: /rouˈwo͝olfēə/ /rôˈwo͝ol-/
(also rauvolfia)

noun

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

Origin

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

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Syllabification: rau·wol·fi·a

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