euphorbium

noun
eu·​phor·​bi·​um
plural -s

Definition of euphorbium

: a yellow or brownish very acrid gum resin derived from a Moroccan spurge (Euphorbia resinifera) and other African spurges and formerly employed medicinally as an emetic and cathartic but now used chiefly in veterinary medicine as a vesicant

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History and Etymology for euphorbium

Middle English euforbium, from Medieval Latin, from Greek euphorbion euphorbium, euphorbia, from Euphorbus

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“Euphorbium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/euphorbium. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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