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[kat-i-chin, -kin]
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  1. a water-soluble, astringent yellow compound, C15H14O6, found in gambier, used chiefly in tanning and dyeing.
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Origin of catechin

First recorded in 1850–55; catech(u) + -in2
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  1. a soluble yellow solid substance found in catechu and mahogany wood and used in tanning and dyeing. Formula: C 15 H 14 O 6
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Word Origin

C19: from catechu + -in
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