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Catechu

Cat´e`chu
n.1.(Chem.) A dry, brown, astringent extract, obtained by decoction and evaporation from the Acacia catechu, and several other plants growing in India. It contains a large portion of tannin or tannic acid, and is used in medicine and in the arts. It is also known by the names terra japonica, cutch, gambier, etc.
Noun1.catechu - extract of the heartwood of Acacia catechu used for dying and tanning and preserving fishnets and sails; formerly used medicinally
Synonyms: black catechu
2.catechu - East Indian spiny tree having twice-pinnate leaves and yellow flowers followed by flat pods; source of black catechu
Acacia catechu, black catechu, extract, infusion, Jerusalem thorn
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