ordeal bean
Calabar Cal"a*bar, n. A district on the west coast of Africa. [1913 Webster]

{Calabar bean}, The of a climbing legumious plant ({Physostigma venenosum}), a native of tropical Africa. It is highly poisonous. It is used to produce contraction of the pupil of the eye; also in tetanus, neuralgia, and rheumatic diseases; -- called also {ordeal bean}, being used by the negroes in trials for witchcraft. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ordeal bean — Ordeal Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ordeal bean — noun dark brown highly poisonous seed of the calabar bean vine; source of physostigmine and used in native witchcraft • Syn: ↑calabar bean • Hypernyms: ↑bean • Part Holonyms: ↑calabar bean vine, ↑Physostigma venenosum * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • ordeal-bean — nuodingoji kalabarpupė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Physostigma venenosum), paplitęs Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Physostigma venenosum angl. calabar bean; ordeal bean vok. Calabarbohne pranc.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • ordeal bean. — See Calabar bean. [1880 85; so called because it was allegedly administered as a test to persons suspected of witchcraft] * * * …   Universalium

  • ordeal bean. — See Calabar bean. [1880 85; so called because it was allegedly administered as a test to persons suspected of witchcraft] …   Useful english dictionary

  • ordeal bean — SYN: physostigma. * * * Calabar b …   Medical dictionary

  • Madagascar ordeal bean — vaistinė cerbera statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Stepukinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Cerbera manghas), paplitęs Afrikoje, pietų Azijoje ir Australijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cerbera manghas angl. Madagascar ordeal bean šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Ordeal — Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See {Deal},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ordeal root — Ordeal Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ordeal tree — Ordeal Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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