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  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • 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



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

C19: probably from the Ethiopian name
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