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

Examples of bezoar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early modern royals acquired exotic natural artifacts such as bezoars—digestive stones produced in the intestines of large ruminants and believed to possess healing qualities. Andrew Katzenstein, The New York Review of Books, "Curiouser and Curiouser," 25 Nov. 2019 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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