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A white poisonous glycoside, C29H44O12, extracted from the seeds of certain African trees of the genera Strophanthus and Acokanthera, that is used as a dart poison in some parts of Africa and has been used to treat congestive heart failure.

[From French ouabaïo, from Somali wabayo.]


(Elements & Compounds) a poisonous white crystalline glycoside extracted from certain trees and used as a heart stimulant and, by some African tribes, on poison darts. Formula: C29H44O12.8H2O
[C19: from French ouabaïo, from Somali waba yo native name of tree]


(wɑˈbɑ ɪn)

a white crystalline glycoside, C29H44O2, extracted from the seeds or wood of certain African trees and used as a poison on the tips of arrows or in medicine as a heart stimulant.
[1890–95 < French ouaba(ïo) (< Somali waabayyo arrow poison) + -in1]
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