Having the high quality an antidote suited to counteract the results of poison
- counteracting the results of a poison
- getting the high quality an antidote; suited to counteract the results of poison.
1640s, from antidote + -al (1).
(a.) Having the high quality an antidote; fitted to counteract the effects of poison.
The Indians and negroes of Colombia believe the plants known to them as guaco to have been so named after a species of kite, thus designated in imitation of its cry, which they say attracts to it the snakes that serve it principally for food; they further hold the tradition that their antidotal qualities were discovered through the observation that the bird eats of their leaves, and even spreads the juice of the same on its wings, during contests with its prey.