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strong back

[DJE various sp.; OED 1738 → ; from its medicinal use in strengthening the BACK] n. a tree, Bourreria ovata: 1731 This plant grows on many of Bahama Islands and is called there Strong-Back. The Inhabitants there make decoctions of its bark ... attributing to it great virtues (Catesby II 79), 1920: (Britton 359). 1979 The leaves of strong back are brewed and drunk as a tea for weakness and pains of the waistline (Levanity 27). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2011-10-31 18:49
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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