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)

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catechu. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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

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