the bitter aromatic bark
of either of two South American trees (Galipea officinalis
or Cusparia trifoliata
) of the rue
family, used as a medicinal tonic
and as a flavoring in bitters
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Word origin of 'angostura (bark)'
(former name of Ciudad Bolívar
), lit. (in Sp), narrow pass: so named because located on the narrows of the Orinoco