1. A tropical American plant (Dysphania ambrosioides syn. Chenopodium ambrosioides) having leaves used as a seasoning and yielding an oil used as an anthelmintic. Also called epazote, Mexican tea.
2. Any of several other plants used as an anthelmintic.
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