noun con·tra·yer·va \ˌkän‧trəˈyərvə, ˌkōn‧-, -yer-\
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\-trəˈyerbə, -yervə\

Definition of contrayerva



  1. :  a tropical American herb (Dorstenia contrayerva) the aromatic root of which was formerly used as a stimulant, tonic, and diaphoretic; also :  any West Indian species of Aristolochia similarly used

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Origin and Etymology of contrayerva

Spanish contrayerba, contrahierba, from contra- + yerba, hierba herb, grass, poison, from Latin herba herb; from the belief that it was a poison antidote — more at herb

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to cast off or become cast off

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