matico

noun

ma·​ti·​co mə-ˈtē-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce matico (audio)
1
: a shrubby tropical wild American pepper (Piper angustifolium) with slender elongated aromatic leaves that are rich in volatile oil, gums, and tannins
2
: the leaves of the matico used especially formerly in medicine chiefly as a stimulant and hemostatic

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“Matico.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/matico. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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