Calabar bean

noun
Cal·a·bar bean | \ˈka-lə-ˌbär- \

Definition of Calabar bean 

: the dark brown highly poisonous leguminous seed of a tropical west African woody vine (Physostigma venenosum) that is used as a source of physostigmine and was used formerly as an ordeal poison in African witchcraft trials

First Known Use of Calabar bean

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Calabar bean

Calabar, Nigeria

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Calabar bean

noun
Cal·a·bar bean | \ˈkal-ə-ˌbär- \

Medical Definition of Calabar bean 

: the dark brown poisonous seed of a tropical African woody vine of the genus Physostigma (P. venenosum) that is used as a source of physostigmine

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