Catechu meaning

kăt'ə-cho͝o'
A spiny Asian tree (Acacia catechu) having bipinnately compound leaves, spikes of yellow flowers, and dark heartwood.
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A raw material obtained from the heartwood of this plant, used in the preparation of tannins and brown dyes.
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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.
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A gummy extract of any of several species of Acacia, produced by boiling the wood of the tree in water and evaporating the resulting liquid.
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Origin of catechu

  • Probably from Malay kachu probably from Dravidian karaiyal, karaiccal that which is dissolved from karai to melt
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Probably a corruption of the Malay kachu.
    From Wiktionary