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
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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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