Definition of jaborandi in US English:



  • 1A drug made from the dried leaves of certain South American plants, which contain the alkaloid pilocarpine and promote salivation when chewed.

    • ‘In exanthematous fevers of all kinds jaborandi in small doses is the remedy par excellence.’
    • ‘Both jaborandi and pilocarpine may cause headaches and can irritate the stomach and cause vomiting and nausea.’
  • 2Any of the plants that yield the drug jaborandi.

    Several genera and species, in particular Pilocarpus jaborandi (family Rutaceae)

    • ‘Brushwood is represented by low and thick bushes, at the sides of the paths, formed by jaborandis, vassouras, and carquejas.’
    • ‘Pilocarpus was at one time adulterated with spurious jaborandis, other foreign leaves, stems, dirt and mouldy leaves.’


Early 17th century: from Tupi-Guarani jaburandi, literally ‘a person who spits’.