a poisonous glycoside, CHO8HO, made chiefly from the seeds of an African plant (Strophanthus gratus) of the dogbane family: it is used in medicine as a substitute for digitalis
Origin of ouabainFrench ouabaine from ouabaio, name of an African tree, source of the substance ( from Somali waabayyo, arrow poison) + -ine
A white poisonous glycoside, C29H44O12, extracted from the seeds of certain African trees of the genera Strophanthus and Acokanthera, that is used as a dart poison in some parts of Africa and has been used to treat congestive heart failure.
Origin of ouabainFrom French ouabaïo from Somali wabayo
Through French from Somali waabaayo, "arrow poison".