variants or less commonly ambach
plural -es
: a rapidly growing thorny tree (Aeschynomene elaphroxylon) of the Nile valley valued for its white pithlike wood

Word History


probably of Ethiopic origin; akin to Tigrinya ambasha, ambatcha, Amharic ambatcho, names of various plants

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambatch was in 1861

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“Ambatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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