variants or contrahierba
plural -s
: 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

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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