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gambier

or gambir

[gam-beer] /ˈgæm bɪər/
noun
1.
an astringent extract obtained from the leaves and young shoots of a tropical Asian shrub, Uncaria gambir, of the madder family, used in medicine, dyeing, tanning, etc.
Origin of gambier
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30, gambier is from the Malay word gambir the name of the plant
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  • The painting by the late Mr. le Strange and Mr. gambier Parry.

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  • Captain gambier's face was resolutely kept in profile to her.

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  • Georgians received Captain gambier's communication in Monmouth.

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  • Running to Captain gambier, she said, "Do you really enjoy this?"

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  • They walked on silently, till Wilfrid remarked, that he wondered where gambier was.

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  • What the exact nature of the danger was, Captain gambier could not say.

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  • Perceiving that there was more in the background, gambier simply bowed.

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  • gambier, wounded in thigh and ankle by rifle-shot, was placed in the carriage.

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  • gambier is an extract of the leaves and twigs of the eastern shrub Nauclea gambier.

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  • The tannage consists of oak bark and myrabs together with gambier.

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British Dictionary definitions for gambier

gambier

/ˈɡæmbɪə/
noun
1.
an astringent resinous substance obtained from a rubiaceous tropical Asian woody climbing plant, Uncaria gambir (or U. gambier): used as an astringent and tonic and in tanning
Word Origin
C19: from Malay
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