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bezoar


bezoar


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bezoar  \Be"zoar\,  n.  [F.  b['e]zoard,  fr  Ar  b[=a]zahr, 
  b[=a]dizahr,  fr  Per.  p[=a]d-zahr  bezoar;  p[=a]d  protecting  + 
  zahr  poison;  cf  Pg  &  Sp  bezoar.] 
  A  calculous  concretion  found  in  the  intestines  of  certain 
  ruminant  animals  (as  the  wild  goat,  the  gazelle,  and  the 
  Peruvian  llama)  formerly  regarded  as  an  unfailing  antidote 
  for  poison,  and  a  certain  remedy  for  eruptive,  pestilential, 
  or  putrid  diseases.  Hence:  Any  antidote  or  panacea. 
 
  Note:  Two  kinds  were  particularly  esteemed,  the  Bezoar 
  orientale  of  India,  and  the  Bezoar  occidentale  of  Peru. 
 
  {Bezoar  antelope}.  See  {Antelope}. 
 
  {Bezoar  goat}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  wild  goat  ({Capra  [ae]gagrus}). 
 
 
  {Bezoar  mineral},  an  old  preparation  of  oxide  of  antimony. 
  --Ure.