variants or less commonly chiretta
plural -s
: the dried tissues of a green gentian (Swertia chirata) of northern India that has been used as a bitter tonic

Word History


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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“Chirata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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