Etymology
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ipecac (n.)

dried root of a South American shrub, used as an emetic, purgative, nauseant, etc., 1710, borrowing via Portuguese of a shortened form of Tupi ipecacuana (a word attested in English from 1682), a medicinal plant of Brazil. The Indian word is said to mean "small plant causing vomit."

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Definitions of ipecac

ipecac (n.)
a medicinal drug used to evoke vomiting (especially in cases of drug overdose or poisoning);
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