Bar*ba"dosBar*ba"does (?), n.

A West Indian island, giving its name to a disease, to a cherry, etc.

Barbados cherry Bot., a genus of trees of the West Indies (Malpighia) with an agreeably acid fruit resembling a cherry. -- Barbados leg Med., a species of elephantiasis incident to hot climates. -- Barbados nuts, the seeds of the Jatropha curcas, a plant growing in South America and elsewhere. The seeds and their acrid oil are used in medicine as a purgative. See Physic nut.


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