- 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
First recorded in 1820–30, gambier is from the Malay word gambir the name of the plant
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Dragons-blood and gambir are also the produce of the country.The History of Sumatra
Gambir and catechu are extensively employed in dyeing and tanning.
Gambir, Terra Japonica, or Catechu, is obtained in large quantities from the leaves of this plant.
We also saw indigo growing; the dye is prepared very much in the same way as the gambir.A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'</p>
Annie Allnut Brassey
Gambir is an article that is very useful in dyeing, and hence is frequently exported to Europe.A Woman's Journey Round the World
- 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
C19: from Malay
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