catechu

noun

cat·​e·​chu ˈka-tə-ˌchü How to pronounce catechu (audio)
-ˌshü
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catechu was in 1683

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Cite this Entry

“Catechu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catechu. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

catechu

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

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