be·​zoar | \ ˈbē-ˌzȯr How to pronounce bezoar (audio) \

Definition of bezoar

: any of various calculi found chiefly in the gastrointestinal organs and formerly believed to possess magical properties

called also bezoar stone

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Recent Examples on the Web No scientific evidence exists for any curative properties of bezoars. Peter Yeung, National Geographic, "Porcupines are being poached for their stomach content," 22 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of bezoar

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bezoar

Middle French, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic dialect bezuwār, from Arabic bāzahr, from Persian pād-zahr, from pād protecting (against) + zahr poison

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“Bezoar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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be·​zoar | \ ˈbē-ˌzō(ə)r, -ˌzȯ(ə)r How to pronounce bezoar (audio) \

Medical Definition of bezoar

: any of various calculi found in the gastrointestinal organs especially of ruminants

called also bezoar stone

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