catechu

[kat-i-choo, -kyoo]
noun
any of several astringent substances obtained from various tropical plants, especially from the wood of two East Indian acacias, Acacia catechu and A. suma: used in medicine, dyeing, tanning, etc.
Also called cashoo, cutch.


Origin:
1670–80; < Neo-Latin < Portuguese; perhaps a conflation of Marathi kāt catechu and kāccu, with same sense, alleged to be < Malayalam; cashoo, cutch perhaps < Malay kacu < Malayalam, or a cognate Dravidian word

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catechu, cachou or cutch (ˈkætɪˌtʃuː)
 
n
See also gambier a water-soluble astringent resinous substance obtained from any of certain tropical plants, esp the leguminous tree Acacia catechu of S Asia, and used in medicine, tanning, and dyeing
 
[C17: probably from Malay kachu, of Dravidian origin]
 
cachou, cachou or cutch
 
n
 
[C17: probably from Malay kachu, of Dravidian origin]
 
cutch, cachou or cutch
 
n
 
[C17: probably from Malay kachu, of Dravidian origin]

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Areca catechu also contains tannin which contributes to its antibacterial properties.
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