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A hard indigestible mass of material, such as hair, plant fibers, or seeds, found in the stomach or intestine of animals, especially ruminants and sometimes humans. Bezoars were formerly considered to be antidotes to poisons and to possess magic properties.

[Middle English bezear, stone used as antidote to poison, probably from Old French bezahar, gastric or intestinal mass used as antidote to poison, from Arabic bāzahr, from Persian pādzahr : pād-, protector (from Avestan pātar-; see pā- in Indo-European roots) + zahr, poison (from Middle Persian; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots).]
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(Medicine) a hard mass, such as a stone or hairball, in the stomach and intestines of animals, esp ruminants, and man: formerly thought to be an antidote to poisons
[C15: from Old French bézoard, from Arabic bāzahr, from Persian bādzahr, from bād against + zahr poison]
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(ˈbi zɔr, -zoʊr)

a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
[1470–80; bezear < Medieval Latin bezahar < Arabic bā(di) zahr < Persian pād-zahr counterpoison]
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n. bezoar, concreción formada de distintas materias tal como fibras vegetales y pelo, presente en el estómago tanto en el intestino humano como el de los animales.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary ? Farlex 2012


n bezoar m
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(3) Penan hunters are efficient users of the blowpipe, with which they kill langurs and other monkeys in search of bezoar stones, among the high value objects of trade with outsiders.
Mentions of the bezoars take up from a few lines to entire chapters in Early Modern texts and I developed the conviction that, in the past, bezoar stones must have played a part in many people's lives.
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Asians obtained knowledge concerning European technology while Europeans imported Asian goods, as proved in the case of Bezoar stones that were collected from different Asian animals.
Belemnites, teeth of mammoths, bezoar stones, the "Precious Jewel" which the toad bears in its head, gems engraved with mystical devices the Tartars with their sheep and camels all turned to stone, as well as many implements, weapons, domestic vessels, and idols of barbaric peoples (some of them of Neolithic age) but to him equally mysterious in origin are also depicted.
They did not know about gaharu, incense wood (Aquilaria spp.), nor about bezoar stones, the gall stones of monkeys (mostly of the grey langur, Presbytis hosei).
His geological materials included fossils, rocks, bezoar stones, clays, many specimens of quartz, salts, marble, gem species, volcanic products, sulfur, bitumens, and metallic ores of arsenic, mercury, gold, silver, lead, tin, bismuth and iron.
Included were popular curiosities such as iron objects transformed into copper by cupriferous mine waters, bezoar stones, carved ornamental objects, and a collection of polished slabs.
Although several plates in volume one depict Seba's collection of dozens of bezoar stones (concretions or nodules thought to be of animal origin and to have curative powers), it is not until the end of volume four that his minerals are shown.