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guarana

Pronunciation: gwah-rah'nah

Definition: A dried paste of the crushed seeds of Paullinia cupana (family Sapindaceae), a vine extensively cultivated in Brazil. It contains guaranine (caffeine), saponin, a volatile oil, and paullinitannic acid. Has been used to relieve headache.

[Native Brazilian word]

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