jalap

noun

jal·​ap ˈja-ləp How to pronounce jalap (audio) ˈjä- How to pronounce jalap (audio)
1
a
: the dried tuberous root of a Mexican plant (Ipomoea purga synonym Exogonium purga) of the morning-glory family
also : a powdered purgative drug prepared from it that contains resinous glycosides
b
: the root or derived drug of plants related to the one supplying jalap
2
: a plant yielding jalap

Word History

Etymology

French & Spanish; French jalap, from Spanish jalapa, from Jalapa, Mexico

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of jalap was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Jalap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jalap. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

jalap

noun
jal·​ap ˈjal-əp How to pronounce jalap (audio) ˈjäl- How to pronounce jalap (audio)
1
a
: the dried tuberous root of a Mexican plant of the genus Ipomoea (I. purga)
also : a powdered purgative drug prepared from this root that contains resinous glycosides
b
: the root or derived drug of plants related to the one supplying jalap see tampico jalap
2
: a plant yielding jalap

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