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tanghin

(ˈtæŋɡɪn)
n
1. (Pharmacology) a strong poison obtained from the fruit of the shrub Tanghinia venenifera, formerly used in Madagascar to determine the guilt or otherwise of crime suspects
2. (Plants) the shrub Tanghinia venenifera
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(Wikt) GHI tanghin a Madagascan poison, once used to test the guilt of someone suspected of a crime.
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