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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A reddish resin obtained from several Old World trees of the genera Eucalyptus, Pterocarpus, and Butea and from tropical American trees of the genera Coccoloba and Dipteryx.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The dark red dried juice of certain plants, used in tanning and dyeing and as an astringent in medicine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dark red dried juice of certain plants, used variously in tanning, in dyeing, and as an astringent in medicine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A well-known drug resembling catechu, consisting of the gum of several trees belonging to the tropics.
  • n. Another spelling of keno.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. East Indian tree yielding a resin or extract often used medicinally and in e.g. tanning
  • n. a gum obtained from various tropical plants; used as an astringent and in tanning

Etymologies

New Latin, of West African origin; akin to Mandingo keno.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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