from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In northern India, a gray, crystalline substance prepared from a concentrated decoction of the wood of Acacia Catechu, by placing in it a few twigs and allowing the decoction to cool. The twigs are removed and the crystalline substance collected. It is a refined form of catechu, consisting of almost pure catechin, and is eaten by the natives in their pan, imparting with the lime the red color to the teeth and lips. Compare catechu, khirsal, and pan.

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  • proper noun A diminutive of the female given names Katherine, Kathleen, and related names.


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