1. [syn: tubocurarine, curare]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Curare \Cu*ra"re\ Curari \Cu*ra"ri\(k?-r?"r?), n. [Native name.
A black resinoid extract prepared by the South American
Indians from the bark of several species of Strychnos
(Strychnos 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.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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" [syn: tubocurarine, curare]