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English Dictionary: curare by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
curare
n
  1. a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles; "curare acts by blocking cholinergic transmission at the myoneural junction"
    Synonym(s): tubocurarine, curare
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.]
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