or khat, qat
- an evergreen shrub, Catha edulis, of Arabia and Africa, the leaves of which are used as a narcotic when chewed or made into a beverage.
Origin of kat
First recorded in 1855–60, kat is from the Arabic word qāt
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Examples from the Web for khat
Both are synthetic versions of a natural ingredient found in the East African khat plant.What’s the Deal With Bath Salts? FAQ on the Designer Drug
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Another plant universally used as a stimulant in Southern Arabia is khat (Catha edulis).
The staff instantly opened, and out of it sprang a man, who said that his name was Khat, a word which signifies begotten of wood.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
There it is the term in every-day use for any rough bedstead, such as the natives sleep on and call a khat.Concerning Animals and Other Matters
E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
- a white-flowered evergreen shrub, Catha edulis, of Africa and Arabia, whose leaves have narcotic properties
- the leaves of this shrub, chewed or prepared as a drink
C19: from Arabic qāt
- a variant spelling of khat
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