One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A vegetable extract obtained from the bark of the Brazilian tree Chrysophyllum glyciphloeum (family Sapotaceae), formerly used to treat diarrhoea, dyspepsia, catarrhal conditions, and ulcers.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From French monésia, probably fromBrazilian Portuguese monésia, further etymology unknown.
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