probably modification of Malay kachu, of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil & Kannada kācu catechu
1683, in the meaning defined above
“Catechu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catechu. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.
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