gambier

or gam·bir

[ gam-beer ]

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

1
First recorded in 1820–30, gambier is from the Malay word gambir the name of the plant

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gambier

gambir

/ (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

Origin of gambier

1
C19: from Malay

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