Definition of rauwolfia in US English:

rauwolfia

(also rauvolfia)

noun

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

    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

/rouˈwo͝olfēə/