jalap

noun
jal·​ap | \ ˈja-ləp How to pronounce jalap (audio) , ˈjä- How to pronounce jalap (audio) \

Definition of jalap

1a : 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

First Known Use of jalap

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for jalap

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

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The first known use of jalap was in 1644

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jalap

noun
jal·​ap | \ ˈjal-əp How to pronounce jalap (audio) , ˈjäl- How to pronounce jalap (audio) \

Medical Definition of jalap

1a : 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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