chi·​ra·​ta | \ chə̇ˈrätə\
variants: or less commonly chiretta \ -​retə \
plural -s

Definition of chirata

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

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History and Etymology for 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

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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