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Webster 1913 Edition


Jalap

Jal′ap

,
Noun.
[F., fr. Sp.
jalapa
; – so called from
Jalapa
, a town in Mexico, whence it was first obtained.]
(Med.)
The tubers of the Mexican plant
Ipomœa purga
(or
Exogonium purga
) of the family
Convolvulaceae
, a climber much like the morning-glory. The abstract, extract, and powder, prepared from the tubers, are well known purgative (cathartic) medicines, and are also called
jalap
. Other species of
Ipomœa
yield several inferior kinds of jalap, as the
Ipomœa Orizabensis
, and
Ipomœa tuberosa
.
False jalap
,
the root of
Mirabilis Jalapa
, four-o’clock, or marvel of Peru.

Webster 1828 Edition


Jalap

JAL'AP

,
Noun.
The root of a plant, a species of Convolvulus. It is brought in thin transverse slices, and also whole, of an oval shape, hard, solid and heavy. It has little or no taste or smell, but is much used in powder as a cathartic.

Definition 2022


jalap

jalap

English

Noun

jalap (uncountable)

  1. A cathartic drug consisting of the tuberous roots of Ipomoea purga, a convolvulaceous plant found in Mexico.

Translations

Derived terms
  • false jalap

Etymology 2

Shortening of jalapeño.

Noun

jalap (plural jalaps)

  1. (informal) A jalapeño.
    • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:jalap.