damiana

noun

dam·​i·​ana ˌda-mē-ˈa-nə How to pronounce damiana (audio)
1
: the dried leaf of a tropical American shrub (Turnera diffusa synonym T. aphrodisiaca) used especially formerly as an aphrodisiac and tonic
also : a preparation containing damiana
2
: the plant from which damiana is obtained

Examples of damiana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's made with organic citrus, peppers, ginger, and the ancient Mayan herb damiana, to mellow you out while your taste buds tap dance. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 This spring the company will expand into new categories, including lips (a plumping gloss with damiana extract), and roll out a new infomercial. Brooks Barnes, Town & Country, 4 Apr. 2018 As the market for damiana and other herbs grows, there’s bound to be more investigation into these plants’ properties. Jessica Ritz, Bon Appetit, 14 Mar. 2017 As the market for damiana and other herbs grows, there’s bound to be more investigation into these plants’ properties. Jessica Ritz, Bon Appetit, 14 Mar. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

American Spanish

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of damiana was in 1868

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“Damiana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damiana. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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