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Copaiba

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Copaiba \Co*pai"ba\ (?; 277), Copaiva \Co*pai"va\, noun [Sp. & Pg., fr. Brazil. cupa['u]ba.] (Med.) A more or less viscid, yellowish liquid, the bitter oleoresin of several species of {Copaifera}, a genus of trees growing in South America and the West Indies. It is stimulant and diuretic, and was formerly much used in affections of the mucous membranes. It is also used in varnishes and lacquers, and in cleaning oil paintings. -- called also {balsam of copaiba}, {copaiba balsam}, {balsam capivi}, and {Jesuits' resin}. [Written also {capivi}.] [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

copaiba

noun

1: an oleoresin used in varnishes and ointments [syn: {copaiba}, {copaiba balsam}, {balsam capivi}]