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).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to glide in or as if in an airplane

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!