catechu

noun
cat·​e·​chu | \ ˈka-tə-ˌchü How to pronounce catechu (audio) , -ˌshü\

Definition of catechu

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

First Known Use of catechu

1683, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catechu

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

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catechu

noun
cat·​e·​chu | \ ˈkat-ə-ˌchü, -ˌshü How to pronounce catechu (audio) \

Medical Definition of catechu

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

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