catechu

noun cat·e·chu \ ˈka-tə-ˌchü , -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 East Indian acacia (Acacia catechu)
b : gambier

Origin and Etymology of 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 \

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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