Meaning of matico in English:


Pronunciation /məˈtiːkəʊ/


  • 1A shrub of tropical South America, Piper angustifolium (family Piperaceae), valued for its medicinal properties.

  • 2The fresh or dried leaves of the matico, used especially as a styptic.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From Spanish Matico, further etymology uncertain; perhaps from the male forename Mateo, cognate with English Matthew + -ico, diminutive suffix, or perhaps from mato scrub, bush + -ico, diminutive suffix.