karaya gum


ka·ra·ya gum

noun \kə-ˈrī-ə-\

Definition of KARAYA GUM

:  any of several vegetable gums similar to tragacanth and often used as substitutes for it that are obtained from tropical Asian trees (genera Sterculia of the family Sterculiaceae and Cochlospermum of the family Bixaceae); especially :  one derived from an Indian tree (S. urens)

Origin of KARAYA GUM

Hindi karāyal resin
First Known Use: 1916

karaya gum

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of KARAYA GUM

: any of several laxative vegetable gums that are similar to tragacanth and are often used as substitutes for it, that are obtained from tropical Asian trees (genera Sterculia of the family Sterculiaceae and Cochlospermum of the family Bixaceae), and that include especially one derived from an Indian tree (S. urens)—called also gum karaya, karaya, sterculia gum

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