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



Definition of chirata



  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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capable of being understood in two ways

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