gambir

gambier

[gam-beer]
noun
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:
1820–30; < Malay gambir the name of the plant

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gambier or gambir (ˈɡæmbɪə)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from Malay]
 
gambir or gambir
 
n
 
[C19: from Malay]

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