bezoar


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be·zoar

 (bē′zôr′)
n.
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.

[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-; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + zahr, poison (from Middle Persian; see gwhen- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]

bezoar

(ˈbiːzɔː)
n
(Medicine) a hard mass, such as a stone or hairball, in the stomach and intestines of animals, esp ruminants, and man: formerly thought to be an antidote to poisons
[C15: from Old French bézoard, from Arabic bāzahr, from Persian bādzahr, from bād against + zahr poison]

be•zoar

(ˈbi zɔr, -zoʊr)

n.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
[1470–80; bezear < Medieval Latin bezahar < Arabic bā(di) zahr < Persian pād-zahr counterpoison]
Translations

be·zoar

n. bezoar, concreción formada de distintas materias tal como fibras vegetales y pelo, presente en el estómago tanto en el intestino humano como el de los animales.

bezoar

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References in classic literature ?
The bezoar, that was found in the heart of the Arabian deer, was a charm that could cure the plague.
All this coast is much infested with ravenous beasts, monkeys, and serpents, of which last here are some seven feet in length, and thicker than an ordinary man; in the head of this serpent is found a stone about the bigness of an egg, resembling bezoar, and of great efficacy, as it is said, against all kinds of poison.
Fungal bezoar and bladder rupture secondary to candida tropicalis.
Other finds include an ornate gold clasp containing a bezoar stone and a coarse fur ball taken from a goat's stomach and used as an antidote to poisons (fans of Harry Potter will know what we're talking about).
Prior to my trip to Spain, I had the good fortune of bowhunting and killing two different ones--the Gobi ibex of Mongolia and the Bezoar ibex in Turkey--and now I had a chance to try for a third.
In the past they were hunted to near extinction for their meat and bezoar "stones," he said, which can, on occasion, be found in their guts.
3); a bezoar from the stomach of an elephant or a cow, the size of an ostrich egg; a giant skeleton of a foot, each of the different bones bearing the signature of a German student; and a skull, arranged as if exploded by a bullet to the brain (Fig.
Don't miss this one-of-a-kind Bezoar Bash benefiting the cats and kittens of Chicago Cat Rescue.
Tambien en las maravillas indianas se fija Millones tomando como ejemplo la famosa piedra bezar o bezoar mencionada en muchos textos indianos, asunto por otro lado ya antiguo y un ejemplo mas de la persistencia de un motivo, el de esta maravillosa 'piedra' (mas bien una bola de pelo y otros materiales que se solidifica en el estomago de algunos rumiantes) que se consideraba antidoto universal y remedio especial contra ciertas enfermedades como la melancolia.
Moreover, the target zone is adjoining eastern part of Khosrov Forest State Reserve and may serve as a buffer area and an ecological corridor for many endangered wild animals, as Leopards (Panthera pardus), Bezoar Goats (Capra aegagrus), Mouflons (Ovis orientailis) etc.
A bezoar is a hard mass that gets stuck in the gastrointestinal tract, usually the stomach.