a hard, brown substance obtained from an Asian acacia (Acacia catechu) and other Asian trees and shrubs: used as an astringent in medicine, and for dyeing, tanning, etc.
Origin of catechuModern Latin from Malay kachu
- A spiny Asian tree (Acacia catechu) having bipinnately compound leaves, spikes of yellow flowers, and dark heartwood.
- A raw material obtained from the heartwood of this plant, used in the preparation of tannins and brown dyes. Also called In both senses also called cutch .
Origin of catechuProbably from Malay kachu probably from Dravidian karaiyal, karaiccal that which is dissolved from karai to melt
Probably a corruption of the Malay kachu.