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catechu

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noun cat·e·chu \ˈka-tə-ˌchü, -ˌshü\

Definition of catechu

  1. :  any of several dry, earthy, or resinous astringent substances obtained from tropical plants of Asia: as a :  an extract of the heartwood of an East Indian acacia (Acacia catechu) b :  gambier



Origin and Etymology of catechu

probably modification of Malay kachu, of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil & Kannada kācu catechu


First Known Use: 1683


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catechu

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noun cat·e·chu \ˈkat-ə-ˌchü, -ˌshü\

Medical Definition of catechu

  1. :  any of several dry, earthy, or resinous astringent substances obtained from tropical plants of Asia: asa:  an extract of the heartwood of a tropical acacia tree (Acacia catechu) of southern Asia that was formerly used in medicineb:  gambier




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