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ambatch

[ am-bach ]
/ ˈæm bætʃ /
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noun

an Egyptian tree, Aeschynomene elaphroxylon, of the legume family, having a light-colored, spongy wood.

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Origin of ambatch

1860–65; perhaps < a source akin to Amharic əmb(w)ac'o, name for Rumex alismafolius
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Example sentences from the Web for ambatch

  • They embark boldly on the river in their raft-like canoes, formed of the excessively light ambatch-wood.

    Great African Travellers|W.H.G. Kingston
  • By and by it gives place to the ambatch as the characteristic tree of the Nile.

    Stanley in Africa|James P. Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for ambatch

ambatch

ambach

/ (ˈæmˌbætʃ) /

noun

a tree or shrub of the Nile Valley, Aeschynomene elaphroxylon, valued for its light-coloured pithlike wood

Word Origin for ambatch

C19: probably from the Ethiopian name
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