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 several African trees of the genera Strophanthus and Acokanthera, that is used as a dart poison in some parts of Africa.
Origin of ouabainFrom French ouaba&idie;o, from Somali wabayo.
Through French from Somali waabaayo, "arrow poison".