Catechu

Definition of Catechu

Cat´e`chu
n.1.(Chem.) A dry, brown, astringent extract, obtained by decoction and evaporation from the Acacia catechu, and several other plants growing in India. It contains a large portion of tannin or tannic acid, and is used in medicine and in the arts. It is also known by the names terra japonica, cutch, gambier, etc.

Related Words

Acacia catechu, black catechu, extract, infusion, Jerusalem thorn
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