- a water-soluble astringent resinous substance obtained from any of certain tropical plants, esp the leguminous tree Acacia catechu of S Asia, and used in medicine, tanning, and dyeing
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- any of several astringent substances obtained from various tropical plants, esp. from the wood of two East Indian acacias, Acacia catechu and A. suma: used in medicine, dyeing, tanning, etc. Also called cashoo, cutch.
- Malayalam, or a cognate Dravidian word
- Malay kacu
- Malayalam; cashoo, cutch perh.
- Portuguese; perh. a conflation of Marathi kāt catechu and kāccu, with same sense, alleged to be