Jalap Definition

jăləp, jäləp
The dried root of a Mexican vine (Ipomoea purga) of the morning-glory family, formerly used as a purgative.
Webster's New World
A resin obtained from this root.
Webster's New World
The plant bearing this root.
Webster's New World
Any of several other plants with similar roots.
Webster's New World

Origin of Jalap

  • French from American Spanish jalapa short for (purga de) Jalapa (purgative of) Jalapa after Jalapa

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

  • From the city of Xalapa in Mexico.

    From Wiktionary

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