Peruvian balsam
Peruvian Pe*ru"vi*an, a. [Cf. F. p['e]ruvien, Sp. peruviano.] Of or pertaining to Peru, in South America. -- n. A native or an inhabitant of Peru. [1913 Webster]

{Peruvian balsam}. See {Balsam of Peru}, under {Balsam}.

{Peruvian bark}, the bitter bark of trees of various species of Cinchona. It acts as a powerful tonic, and is a remedy for malarial diseases. This property is due to several alkaloids, as quinine, cinchonine, etc., and their compounds; -- called also {Jesuit's bark}, and {cinchona}. See {Cinchona}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Peruvian balsam — noun tree of South and Central America yielding an aromatic balsam • Syn: ↑Myroxylon pereirae, ↑Myroxylon balsamum pereirae • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Member Holonyms: ↑Myroxylon, ↑genus Myroxylon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Peruvian balsam — Pe·ru·vi·an balsam pə .rü vē ən n BALSAM OF PERU …   Medical dictionary

  • Peruvian balsam. — See Peru balsam. [1740 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • Peruvian balsam. — See Peru balsam. [1740 50] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Peruvian — Pe*ru vi*an, a. [Cf. F. p[ e]ruvien, Sp. peruviano.] Of or pertaining to Peru, in South America. n. A native or an inhabitant of Peru. [1913 Webster] {Peruvian balsam}. See {Balsam of Peru}, under {Balsam}. {Peruvian bark}, the bitter bark of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peruvian bark — Peruvian Pe*ru vi*an, a. [Cf. F. p[ e]ruvien, Sp. peruviano.] Of or pertaining to Peru, in South America. n. A native or an inhabitant of Peru. [1913 Webster] {Peruvian balsam}. See {Balsam of Peru}, under {Balsam}. {Peruvian bark}, the bitter… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balsam of Peru — balsam of Pe·ru pə rü n a leguminous balsam from a tropical American tree (Myroxylon pereirae) used esp. as an irritant and to promote wound healing called also Peru balsam, Peruvian balsam * * * peruvian balsam a dark brown viscid liquid… …   Medical dictionary

  • Peruvian — balsam used by chocolate makers, doctors, and perfumers; Peruvian bark (cinchona) …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • balsam of Peru — noun dark brown syrupy balsam from the Peruvian balsam tree used especially in dressing wounds and treating certain skin diseases • Hypernyms: ↑tolu, ↑balsam of tolu, ↑tolu balsam • Substance Holonyms: ↑Peruvian balsam, ↑Myroxylon pereirae,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • peru balsam — noun Usage: usually capitalized P : balsam of peru * * * a dark, molasseslike, aromatic, water insoluble liquid having a warm, bitter taste, obtained from the leguminous tree, Myroxylon pereirae, of Central America: used in medicine, perfumery,… …   Useful english dictionary

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