jalap

noun
jal·ap | \ˈja-ləp, ˈjä- \

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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jalap

noun
jal·ap | \ˈjal-əp, ˈjäl- \

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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