gambier

play
noun gam·bier \ˈgam-ˌbir\
variants: or less commonly

gambir

Definition of gambier

  1. :  a yellowish catechu that is obtained from a tropical southeast Asian woody vine (Uncaria gambir) of the madder family and is used for chewing with the betel nut and for tanning and dyeing

Origin and Etymology of gambier

borrowed from Malay gambir “the plant Uncaria gambir


First Known Use: 1800


Medical Dictionary

gambier

noun gam·bier
variants: also

gambir

\ˈgam-ˌbi(ə)r\play

Medical Definition of gambier

  1. :  a yellowish catechu that is obtained from a southeast Asian woody vine (Uncaria gambir) of the madder family and that is used for chewing with the betel nut and for tanning and dyeing


Learn More about gambier


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gambier? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ