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 (jăl′əp, jä′ləp)
1. A twining eastern Mexican vine (Ipomoea purga) having tuberous roots that are dried, powdered, and used medicinally as a purgative.
2. The purgative drug obtained from the roots of this plant or related plants.

[French, from American Spanish jalapa, short for (purga de) Jalapa, (purgative of) Jalapa, after Jalapa.]


(ˈdʒæləp) or


1. (Plants) a Mexican convolvulaceous plant, Exogonium (or Ipomoea) purga
2. (Plants) any of several similar or related plants
3. (Medicine) the dried and powdered root of any of these plants, used as a purgative
4. (Plants) the resin obtained from any of these plants
[C17: from French, from Mexican Spanish jalapa, short for purga de Jalapa purgative of Jalapa]
jalapic adj


(ˈdʒæl əp, ˈdʒɑ ləp)

1. the dried tuberous root of any of several plants, esp. Exogonium purga, of the morning glory family, or the powder derived from it, used in medicine chiefly as a purgative.
2. any of these plants.
[1665–75; < Middle French < Sp (purga de) Jalapa purgative from Jalapa]
ja•lap•ic (-ˈlæp ɪk) adj.
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The jalap, or marvel of Peru, unfolds its petals between five and six in the evening, which shut again as soon as night comes on.
4 litres) of broth mixed with an ounce of jalap (a laxative), and a quart of beer.
Haines's colonizing/parasitizing desire to pick Stephen clean in this way is aptly underscored by the information that colonizing, swindling, and deparasitizing are all traits inherited from his father: Buck has told Stephen that Haines's "old fellow made his tin by selling jalap to the Zulus or some bloody swindle or other" (Joyce 1961,7).
He was talking to media men after addressing the Public gathering at Jalap Pirwala.
1 -- The VM Art Gallery is hosting 'Memories and Metaphors', an exhibition of paintings by Ghulam Hussain, Karen Frank, Quratulain Babar, Hira Mustafa and Tasleem Jalap.