- any of a genus (Rauwolfia) of tropical, mostly poisonous, trees and shrubs of the dogbane family, some of which contain medicinal substances
- the powdered whole root of a plant (Rauwolfia serpentina) yielding various alkaloids, esp. reserpine
Origin of rauwolfiaModL, after L. Rauwolf, 16th-c. German botanist
Any of various tropical trees and shrubs of the genus Rauvolfia, especially R. serpentina, of South and Southeast Asia, the root of which is the source of alkaloid drugs such as reserpine.
Origin of rauwolfiaVariant of New Latin Rauvolfia genus name after Leonhard Rauwolf (1535-1596), German botanist