Definition of rauwolfia in English:

rauwolfia

(also rauvolfia)

noun

  • A tropical shrub or small tree, some kinds of which are cultivated for medicinal drugs.

    Genus Rauwolfia (or Rauvolfia), family Apocynaceae: many species, in particular the Indian snakeroot (R. serpentina), from which the drug reserpine is obtained

Origin

Modern Latin, named after Leonhard Rauwolf (died 1596), German botanist.

Pronunciation

rauwolfia

/raʊˈvɒlfɪə//raʊˈwɒlfɪə/