gambier

or gam·bir

[ gam-beer ]
/ ˈgæm bɪər /

noun

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.

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Origin of gambier

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

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

Word Origin for gambier

C19: from Malay
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