Definitions for: Jalap






Webster (1913) Definition: Jal"ap, n. [F., fr. Sp. jalapa; -- so called from
Jalapa, a town in Mexico, whence it was first obtained.]
(Med.)
The tubers of the Mexican plant Ipom[oe]a purga (or
Exogonium purga), a climber much like the morning-glory.
The abstract, extract, and powder, prepared from the tubers,
are well known purgative medicines. Other species of
Ipom[oe]a yield several inferior kinds of jalap, as the {I.
Orizabensis}, and I. tuberosa.

False jalap, the root of Mirabilis Jalapa, four-o'clock,
or marvel of Peru.

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