CONTRAYERVA, n. [L., an antidote for poison, or in general, an antidote.] The genus of plants, Dorstenia; all low herbaceous plants, natives of the warm climates of America, and useful as diaphoretics.
CON-TRA-YER'VA, n. [Sp. contrayerba; Port. contraherva; contra and yerba, herva, an herb, L. herba; a counter herb, an antidote for poison, or in general, an antidote.]
The popular name of various plants, as of some species of Dorstenia, Passiflora, &c.
- A species of Dorstenia (D. Contrayerva), a
South American plant, the aromatic root of which is sometimes
used in medicine as a gentle stimulant and tonic.