catechu[kat′ə c̸ho̵̅o̅′, -kyo̵̅o̅′]
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Malay kachu
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- a. A spiny Asian tree (Acacia catechu) having bipinnately compound leaves, spikes of yellow flowers, and dark heartwood.b. A raw material obtained from the heartwood of this plant, used in the preparation of tannins and brown dyes. Also called cutch.
- See betel palm.
Origin: Probably from Malay kachu, probably from Dravidian karaiyal, karaiccal, that which is dissolved, from karai, to melt.