copaiba

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noun co·pai·ba \kō-ˈpī-bə, -ˈpā-\

Definition of copaiba

  1. :  a stimulant oleoresin obtained from several pinnate-leaved South American trees (genus Copaifera) of the legume family; also :  one of these trees

Origin and Etymology of copaiba

Spanish & Portuguese; Spanish, from Portuguese copaíba, from Tupi kopaʔí̵βa


First Known Use: 1712


Medical Dictionary

copaiba

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noun co·pai·ba \kō-ˈpī-bə, -ˈpā-; ˌkō-pə-ˈē-bə\

Medical Definition of copaiba

  1. :  an oleoresin obtained from several pinnate-leaved South American leguminous trees (genus Copaifera) that has a stimulant action on mucous membranes; also :  one of these trees


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