noun Ba·co·pa \bə-ˈkō-pə\

Definition of Bacopa

  1. 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. 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

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Origin and Etymology of bacopa

New Latin, probably from a native name in the Guianas

First Known Use: 1908

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a brief usually trivial fact

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