Catechu definition

kătə-cho͝o
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 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 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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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of catechu - cashoo

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
catechu
Plural:
catechus

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