khat

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khat

noun \ˈkät\

Definition of KHAT

:  a shrub (Catha edulis) of the staff-tree family cultivated in the Middle East and Africa for its leaves and buds that are the source of a habituating stimulant when chewed or used as a tea; also :  its leaves and buds

Variants of KHAT

khat also qat or kat \ˈkät\

Origin of KHAT

Arabic qāt
First Known Use: 1858

khat

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of KHAT

: a shrub (Catha edulis) cultivated in the Middle East and Africa for its leaves and buds that are the source of a habituating stimulant when chewed or used as a tea

Variants of KHAT

khat also kat or qat or quat \ˈkät\

khat

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Slender, straight, East African tree (Catha edulis; family Celastraceae). Reaching a height of 80 ft (25 m), the khat tree has large, oval, finely toothed, bitter-tasting leaves. Its best-known relatives are the ornamentals euonymus and bittersweet. Khat leaves are chewed for the stimulants they contain, and the drug is central to social life in some countries.

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