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English translation: Rue, or Ruta graveolens, from the Greek rhute

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01:49 Feb 25, 2000
Portuguese to English translations [PRO]
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Portuguese term or phrase: arruda? /aruda?
This is the name of a plant found in Brazil used for medicinal purposes. A friend asked me if I could find out what the name of this plant is either in English or Italian. Even the scientific name would suffice. Thank you in advance!
Andréa
Andra
English translation:Rue, or Ruta graveolens, from the Greek rhute
Explanation:
A perennial evergreen shrub, used for medicinal purposes. The leaves can be scalded and the water is used for washing wounds, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
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xxxLumen
Brazil
Local time: 01:33
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Summary of answers provided
naRue, or Ruta graveolens, from the Greek rhutexxxLumen
naArruda is used in Brazil to protect a person from the "Evil Eye".Joseph Tate
naArruda - (spelled with two "r" s) is a herb called rue or herb grace
Annette Dam
naRUE
Janisa Antoniazzi
naarruda = rue, herb grace (Ruta graveolens)Massamitsu
naRueAlfarroba
naruePaulo Wengorski


  

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11 mins
rue


Explanation:
the genus is Ruta

Paulo Wengorski
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12 mins
arruda = rue, herb grace (Ruta graveolens)


Explanation:
The correct name is ARRUDA, and besides the medicinal purposes people have a strong belief in it's protective powers (superstition).

Massamitsu
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45 mins
Rue


Explanation:
The correct form is ARRUDA, from RUDA (which is also acceptable). It comes from the Latin word "Ruta", which is also the botanical genus.
This plant is found not only in Brazil but also in Europe. There is even a well-known Portuguese twon near Lisbon called "Arruda dos Vinhos".
The Porto Editora Portuguese-English dictionary yields:

arruda, s. f. (bot.) rue; herb grace.

You can check this dictionary online at http://www.portoeditora.pt/dol/
(Choose Português/Inglês on the left side bar.)


    Reference: http://www.portoeditora.pt/dol/
Alfarroba
Portugal
Local time: 05:33
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1 hr
RUE


Explanation:
The scientific name is Ruta graveolens. The definition ccording to the Webster's Encyclopedia Unabridged Dictionary is "any strongly scented plant of the genus Ruta, esp. R. graveolens,having yellow flowers and leaves formerly used in medicine.

Janisa Antoniazzi
Brazil
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1 hr
Arruda - (spelled with two "r" s) is a herb called rue or herb grace


Explanation:
Arruda is classified as a herb. It is used in Brazil as a decorative plant, usually at the entrance of a commercial establishment to prevent bad looks.

Annette Dam
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2 hrs
Rue, or Ruta graveolens, from the Greek rhute


Explanation:
A perennial evergreen shrub, used for medicinal purposes. The leaves can be scalded and the water is used for washing wounds, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

xxxLumen
Brazil
Local time: 01:33
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
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Thank you all very much for your timely and helpful responses.
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16 hrs
Arruda is used in Brazil to protect a person from the "Evil Eye".


Explanation:
This is the popular use, I have never heard of any medicinal use. It is common in Brazil to see people wearing a twig of the herb behind their ear, or using a live plant to protect their house or business establisment.

Joseph Tate
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