Ba·​co·​pa | \ bə-ˈkō-pə \

Definition of Bacopa

1a : a genus of chiefly tropical herbs (family Scrophulariaceae) with opposite leaves and small solitary flowers
b : an herb of the genus Bacopa : water hyssop … adds a bacopa extract to its Memory Optimizer pills because the herb "improves memory and the ability to learn new information," according to the company.— David Schardt, Nutrition Action, May 2007
2 : a southern African trailing plant (Sutera cordata of the family Scrophulariaceae) that has heart-shaped evergreen leaves and small, 5-petaled, often white flowers and that is used especially as a ground cover and in hanging baskets Each wood column has a basket of impatiens hanging at eye level and a big pot of coleus and trailing bacopa at the base.— Jim McCausland, Sunset, June 2006

First Known Use of Bacopa

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Bacopa

New Latin, probably from a native name in the Guianas

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“Bacopa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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