Definition of macary bitter in US English:

macary bitter


  • A West Indian shrub, Picramnia antidesma (family Simaroubaceae), having bitter leaves and bark formerly used medicinally to treat fevers, venereal diseases, and colic.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Henry Barham (?1670–1726), botanist. From macary (of uncertain origin; compare Hausa mákáríi an antidote, mákàríi love philtre) + bitter.


macary bitter

/ˈmakəri ˌbɪtə/