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Definition of Malpighia
MalpighiaMalpighia Mal*pi"ghi*a, n. [NL. See Malpighian.] (Bot.)
A genus of tropical American shrubs with opposite leaves and
small white or reddish flowers. The drupes of Malpighia
urens are eaten under the name of Barbadoes cherries. MalpighiaBarbados Bar*ba"dos or Barbadoes Bar*ba"does, n.
A West Indian island, giving its name to a disease, to a
Barbados cherry (Bot.), a genus of trees of the West Indies
(Malpighia) with an agreeably acid fruit resembling a
Barbados leg (Med.), a species of elephantiasis incident to
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
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