contrayerva

noun
con·​tra·​yer·​va | \ ˌkän‧trəˈyərvə, ˌkōn‧-, -yer- \
variants: or contrahierba \ -​trəˈyerbə , -​yervə \
plural -s

Definition of contrayerva

: 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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History and Etymology for contrayerva

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

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“Contrayerva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contrayerva. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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