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amaroid (plural amaroids)

  1. (obsolete) Any bitter substance extracted from a plant (other than an alkaloid or glycoside).
    • 1894, Charles E. Sohn, Dictionary of the Active Principles of Plants:
      The name Amaroid is suggested for such bodies as these, in order to avoid confusion with glucosides and alkaloids, so many of which are also bitter.
    • 1895, Bulletin of pharmacy, volume 9, page 374:
      Picrotoxin is classed by Schon as an amaroid or bitter principle, although by some it is looked upon as a glucoside.

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