upas

noun
\ ˈyü-pəs How to pronounce upas (audio) \

Definition of upas

1 : a tall tropical Asian tree (Antiaris toxicaria) of the mulberry family with a latex that contains poisonous glycosides used as an arrow poison also : a poisonous concentrate of the juice or latex of a upas
2 : a poisonous or harmful influence or institution

Examples of upas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deadly upas, root and branch, leaf and fibre, body and sap, must be utterly destroyed. Frederick Douglass, The Atlantic, "‘A Treacherous President Stood in the Way’," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of upas

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for upas

Indonesian Malay pohon upas poison tree

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“Upas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upas. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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