Definitions for bezoarˈbi zɔr, -zoʊr
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be•zoarˈbi zɔr, -zoʊr(n.)
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
Origin of bezoar:
1470–80; bezear < ML bezahar < Ar bā(di)zahr < Pers pād-zahr counterpoison
A mass, usually of hair or undigested vegetable matter, found in an animal's intestines. A hairball.
Origin: From pâdzahr , meaning "to expel poison." (In ancient times, bezoars from animals were ground up and ingested as remedies for various maladies and as antidotes to poisons.)
a calculous concretion found in the intestines of certain ruminant animals (as the wild goat, the gazelle, and the Peruvian llama) formerly regarded as an unfailing antidote for poison, and a certain remedy for eruptive, pestilential, or putrid diseases. Hence: Any antidote or panacea