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  1. a plant, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, of the legume family, grown as a forage crop and for its seeds, which produce a gum (guar gum) used as a thickening agent and stabilizer in foods and pharmaceuticals and as sizing for paper and cloth.
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Origin of guar

First recorded in 1880–85, guar is from the Hindi word guār


  1. guaranteed.
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Historical Examples of guar

  • The second feast to the dead, also sacrificial, is called the Guar.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • Every one of the stones has been put up at one of these Guar feasts.

  • The Guar is supposed to give the Kulba considerable satisfaction, and it does not injure people as it did before.

  • But, as the Guar does not quite satisfy the Kulba, there is the great biennial feast to the dead.

  • If a man is hanged, a string is suspended in the house on the occasion of the Guar, so that the spirit may descend along it.

British Dictionary definitions for guar


  1. a leguminous Indian plant, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, grown as a fodder crop and for the gum obtained from its seeds
  2. Also called: guar gum a gum obtained from the seeds of this plant, used as a stabilizer and thickening agent in food (E412) and as sizing for paper
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Word Origin for guar

C19: from Hindi
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