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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Calumba  \Ca*lum"ba\,  n.  [from  kalumb  its  native  name  in 
  Mozambique.]  (Med.) 
  The  root  of  a  plant  ({Jateorrhiza  Calumba},  and  probably 
  {Cocculus  palmatus}),  indigenous  in  Mozambique.  It  has  an 
  unpleasantly  bitter  taste,  and  is  used  as  a  tonic  and 
  antiseptic.  [Written  also  {colombo},  {columbo},  and 
  {American  calumba},  the  {Frasera  Carolinensis},  also  called 
  {American  gentian}.  Its  root  has  been  used  in  medicine  as 
  bitter  tonic  in  place  of  calumba.