- The definition of curare is a black poisonous substance from certain South American plants, applied to arrows by some native South Americans.
An example of curare is a white-tailed deer being shot by an arrow and becoming unable to move.
- a black, resinous substance prepared from the juices of certain South American plants and used by some Indians for poisoning arrows: it causes motor paralysis when introduced into the bloodstream and is used in medicine for spasms or to relax muscles, as during surgery
- any of certain plants (esp. Chondrodendron tomentosum of the moonseed family), from which curare is prepared
Origin of curarePortuguese curare, curari or Spanish curaré, urarí ; from native (Tupí) name
- A dark resinous extract obtained from several tropical American woody plants, especially Chondrodendron tomentosum or certain species of Strychnos, used as an arrow poison by some Indian peoples of South America.
- a. Any of several purified preparations of such an extract, used formerly as a drug to relax skeletal muscles during anesthesia.b. The drug tubocurarine.
- Any of the plants that yield curare.
Origin of curarePortuguese or Spanish curaré, both of Cariban and Tupian origin.
- A plant, Strychnos toxifera, known for the toxin it produces.
- A substance containing the alkaloid D-tubocurarine, used historically as a muscle relaxant during surgery.
- curarisation, curarization
Karib “Mawa Cure”, referring the Mawa vine, or Strychnos toxifera