One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bark derived from the tropical Asian tree Holarrhena pubescens (family Apocynaceae), which contains the alkaloid conessine and has been used medicinally in the treatment of dysentery and fever.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in General Account Monies & Effects. From Tellicherry, former name in English of Thalassery (Malayalam Talaśśēri), a town on the Malabar Coast of Northern Kerala, India + bark.
tellicherry bark/ˌtɛlɪˈtʃɛri bɑːk/
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