cabbage bark

variants: or cabbage-bark tree

Definition of cabbage bark

: an angelim (Andira inermis) widely distributed in tropical America and western Africa having a shaggy unpleasant-smelling toxic bark that has been used together with the seeds as a purgative, vermifuge, and narcotic and yielding a hard strong durable wood variable in color and susceptible of a fine polish

called also cabbage tree

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First Known Use of cabbage bark

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cabbage bark

cabbage (palm) + bark

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“Cabbage bark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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