gambier

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

Definition of gambier 

: 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

First Known Use of gambier

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gambier

borrowed from Malay gambir "the plant Uncaria gambir"

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gambier

noun
gam·bier
variants: also gambir \ˈgam-ˌbi(ə)r \

Medical Definition of gambier 

: 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

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