Definition of Rauvolfia
1. Noun. Any shrub or small tree of the genus Rauwolfia having leaves in whorls and cymose flowers; yield substances used medicinally especially as emetics or purgatives or antihypertensives.
Group relationships: Genus Rauvolfia, Genus Rauwolfia
Specialized synonyms: Rauwolfia Serpentina, Snakewood
Generic synonyms: Bush, Shrub
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rauvolfia
Literary usage of Rauvolfia
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Gardeners Dictionaryby Philip Miller by Philip Miller (1754)
"rauvolfia tetraphylla lati- folia. Plum. Nov. Gen. Four-leav'd rauvolfia, with broad Leaves. This Name was given to this Genus of Plants by ..."
2. The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal (1831)
"With the professed object of giving an amended character of rauvolfia, Ruiz and Pavón have described and figured a genus of plants possessing no affinity ..."