Origin of bezoarFrench bézoard from Spanish bezoar from Arabic b?zahr from Persian p?dzahr from p?d, protecting (against) + zahr, poison
Origin of bezoarMiddle English bezear stone used as antidote to poison probably from Old French bezahar gastric or intestinal mass used as antidote to poison from Arabic bāzahr from Persian pādzahr pād- protector ( from Avestan pātar- ; see pā- in Indo-European roots.) zahr poison ( from Middle Persian; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.)
From Arabic بَازَهْر (bāzahr), from Middle Persian pʾtzhl (pādzahr, “bezoar, antidote”). In ancient times, bezoars from animals were ground up and ingested as remedies for various maladies and as antidotes to poisons.