chirata

noun chi·ra·ta \chə̇ˈrätə\
variants: less commonly

chiretta

\-retə\

Definition of chirata

plural

-s

  1. :  the dried tissues of a green gentian (Swertia chirata) of northern India that has been used as a bitter tonic

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Origin and Etymology of chirata

Hindi ciraitā, from Sanskrit cirātikta, ciratikta, perhaps from cira long-lasting (perhaps akin to Sanskrit cinoti he gathers, heaps up) + tikta sharp, pungent; akin to Sanskrit tejate it is sharp — more at poet, stick


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