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 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 \

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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