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karaya gum

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noun ka·ra·ya gum \kə-ˈrī-ə-\

Definition of karaya gum

  1. :  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 and Etymology of karaya gum

Hindi karāyal resin


First Known Use: 1916


Medical Dictionary

karaya gum

noun ka·ra·ya gum

Medical Definition of karaya gum

  1. :  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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