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

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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