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Meaning of onoquiles

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Felipe Lorenzo del Río


From Greek onos, donkey and kheilos, lip, donkey lip. Boraginácea plant, similar to cow's tongue, alcalcuz or anchusa azurea. Onoquiles (alkanna tinctoria) has been used in dry cleaning, confectionery, cosmetics and in folk medicine for the red dye and healing qualities of its root. The inquisition called it the root of the devil.


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Danilo Enrique Noreña Benítez

It is one of the common names of a plant in the family Boraginaceae. Its scientific name is Alkanna tinctoria . It is also known as pigeon leg, pigeon foot, stubborn foot, partridge leg, anabula, dye pigeon. It was used to make lipstick dyes. It is toxic and causes liver problems.


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Alfredo Edgardo Alvarez Ahumada

onoquiles:planta of the family of the borraginaceas, of blue bell-shaped leaves, which removed a cosmetic used in perfumery.


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