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Latin, from Ancient Greek πίκρα (píkra, a kind of antidote) from πικρός (pikrós, sharp, bitter).


picra (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, dated) The powder of aloes with canella, formerly officinal, employed as a cathartic.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for picra in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)