Pe*ru"vi*an(?), a. [Cf. F. pruvien, Sp. peruviano.] Of or pertaining to Peru, in South America. -- n. A native or an inhabitant of Peru.
Peruvian balsam. See
Balsam of Peru, under Balsam. --
Peruvian bark, the bitter bark of trees of various species of Cinchona. It acts as a powerful tonic, and is a remedy for malarial diseases. This property is due to several alkaloids, as quinine, cinchonine, etc., and their compounds; -- called also
Jesuit's bark, and
cinchona. See Cinchona.
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