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1An evergreen Chilean tree from which are obtained an edible fruit, a dye, and a medicinal leaf infusion.
- ‘The essential oil of boldo contains ascaridole, which is toxic to humans and should not be used, as it can cause ringing in the ears, spasms as well as coma.’
- 1.1[mass noun] A medicinal preparation of the leaves of the boldo tree, used as a tonic and digestive aid.
- ‘The main use of boldo leaf is as a choleretic medicine to treat dyspepsia and mild spastic complaints.’
- ‘The Commission reported that boldo increases gastric secretions, and has approved boldo as treatment for mild dyspepsia and spastic gastrointestinal complaints.’
- ‘In Anglo-American herbal medicine, boldo is combined with barberry and fringe tree to treat gallstones.’
- ‘Boldo is used throughout Europe, South America and to a lesser extent in North America, as a remedy for gallstones and gallbladder inflammation, and for various types of liver disorders.’
- ‘In France boldo has been employed as a tonic, and Fedeli reports favorable results.’
Early 18th century: via American Spanish from Araucanian voldo.
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