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

  • n. A resinous astringent extract obtained from the leaves of a woody vine (Uncaria gambir) of Malaysia and Indonesia, used medicinally and in tanning and dyeing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Uncaria gambir, a plant from Indonesia

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The inspissated juice of a plant (Uncaria Gambir) growing in Malacca. It is a powerful astringent, and, under the name of Terra Japonica, is used for chewing with the Areca nut, and is exported for tanning and dyeing.
  • n. Catechu.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An extract rich in tannin prepared from the leaves and young shoots of Uncaria Gambier, a rubiaceous shrub of the Malayan peninsula and islands, which climbs by means of hooked spines.


Malay gambir.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay gambir. (Wiktionary)



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