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a.1.(Med.) Resembling syphilis.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Lindley's 1830 London Introduction to the Natural System of Botany writes of Petiveria that "nothing is known" of its qualities except that it "yields a strong smell of garlic," though other plants in the same volume are listed as remedies for such things as "allaying syphiloid pains" (166).