jalap definition by Webster's New World
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- the dried root of a Mexican vine (Ipomoea purga) of the morning-glory family, formerly used as a purgative
- a resin obtained from this root
- the plant bearing this root
- any of several other plants with similar roots
Origin: French ; from Spanish jalapa, after Jalapa, whence it is imported
jalap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A twining eastern Mexican vine (Ipomoea purga syn. I. jalapa) having tuberous roots that are dried, powdered, and used medicinally as a cathartic.
- Any of several similar or related plants.
- The dried tuberous roots of these plants.
Origin: French, from American Spanish jalapa, short for (purga de) Jalapa, (purgative of) Jalapa, after Jalapa.