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gambier

[gam-beer] /ˈgæm bɪər/
noun
1.
an astringent extract obtained from the leaves and young shoots of a tropical Asian shrub, Uncaria gambir, of the madder family, used in medicine, dyeing, tanning, etc.
Also, gambir.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Malay gambir the name of the plant
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gambier

/ˈɡæmbɪə/
noun
1.
an astringent resinous substance obtained from a rubiaceous tropical Asian woody climbing plant, Uncaria gambir (or U. gambier): used as an astringent and tonic and in tanning
Word Origin
C19: from Malay
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