Bezoar Definition

bēzôr
noun
A concretion found in the stomach or intestines of some animals, esp. ruminants, and sometimes humans, formerly thought to be an antidote for poisons.
Webster's New World
A hard indigestible mass of material, such as hair, plant fibers, or seeds, found in the stomach or intestine of animals, especially ruminants and sometimes humans. Bezoars were formerly considered to be antidotes to poisons and to possess magic properties.
American Heritage Medicine

A mass, usually of hair or undigested vegetable matter, found in an animal's intestines; a hairball.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Bezoar

Noun

Singular:
bezoar
Plural:
bezoars

Origin of Bezoar

  • Middle English bezear stone used as antidote to poison probably from Old French bezahar gastric or intestinal mass used as antidote to poison from Arabic bāzahr from Persian pādzahr pād- protector (from Avestan pātar- pā- in Indo-European roots) zahr poison (from Middle Persian gwhen- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic بَازَهْر (bāzahr), from Middle Persian pʾtzhl (pādzahr, “bezoar, antidote”). In ancient times, bezoars from animals were ground up and ingested as remedies for various maladies and as antidotes to poisons.

    From Wiktionary

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