One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
"papaveric acid"noun †(a) meconic acid; (b) a constituent of the red colouring matter of the petals of the corn poppy (now rare or disused); (c), a crystalline, bicyclic acid, C₁₆H₁₃NO₇, made by oxidizing papaverine.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Mayne (1808–1868). From classical Latin papāver poppy + -ic.
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