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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curare  \Cu*ra"re\  Curari  \Cu*ra"ri\(k?-r?"r?),  n.  [Native  name 
  Cf  {Wourall}.] 
  A  black  resinoid  extract  prepared  by  the  South  American 
  Indians  from  the  bark  of  several  species  of  {Strychnos}  ({S. 
  toxifera},  etc.).  It  sometimes  has  little  effect  when  taken 
  internally,  but  is  quickly  fatal  when  introduced  into  the 
  blood,  and  used  by  the  Indians  as  an  arrow  poison.  [Written 
  also  {urari},  {woorali},  {woorari},  etc.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  curare 
  n  :  a  toxic  alkaloid  found  in  certain  tropical  South  American 
  trees  that  is  a  powerful  relaxant  for  striated  muscles; 
  used  by  South  American  indians  as  an  arrow  poison; 
  "curare  acts  by  blocking  cholinergic  transmission  at  the 
  myoneural  junction"  [syn:  {tubocurarine}] 




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