manaca

noun
man·​a·​ca | \ ˈmanə̇kə \
variants: or manacan \ -​kən \ or less commonly manaca root
plural -s

Definition of manaca

: the dried root of a shrub (Brunfelsia hopeana) of Brazil and the West Indies that has been used to treat rheumatism and syphilis

called also vegetable mercury

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History and Etymology for manaca

Portuguese manacá, from Tupi

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“Manaca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manaca. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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