The New International Encyclopædia/Gymnema

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GYMNEMA, jǐm-nĕ′mȧ (Neo-Lat., from Gk. γυμνὀς, gymnos, naked + νῆμα, nēma, thread), or Cow-Plant, Gymnema lactiferum. A climbing perennial shrub of the order Asclepiadaceæ, native of the East Indian Archipelago, the milky juice of which has been said to be used by the natives as a substitute for milk and cream, but which is believed to contain enough of the poisonous principle peculiar to the order to cast a doubt upon its reputed use.