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cat·e·chu

 (kăt′ə-cho͞o′)
n.
1. A spiny Asian tree (Acacia catechu) having bipinnately compound leaves, spikes of yellow flowers, and dark heartwood.
2. A raw material obtained from the heartwood of this plant, used in the preparation of tannins and brown dyes. In both senses also called cutch.

[Probably from Malay kachu, probably from Dravidian karaiyal, karaiccal, that which is dissolved, from karai, to melt.]

catechu

(ˈkætɪˌtʃuː) ,

cachou

or

cutch

n
(Elements & Compounds) 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. See also gambier
[C17: probably from Malay kachu, of Dravidian origin]

cat•e•chu

(ˈkæt ɪˌtʃu, -ˌkyu)

n.
any of several astringent substances obtained from various tropical Asian plants, esp. two East Indian acacias, Acacia catechu and A. suma: used in medicine, dyeing, tanning, etc. Also called cutch.
[1670–80; < New Latin < Portuguese]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catechu - extract of the heartwood of Acacia catechu used for dyeing and tanning and preserving fishnets and sailscatechu - extract of the heartwood of Acacia catechu used for dyeing and tanning and preserving fishnets and sails; formerly used medicinally
Acacia catechu, catechu, Jerusalem thorn - East Indian spiny tree having twice-pinnate leaves and yellow flowers followed by flat pods; source of black catechu
extract, infusion - a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water)
2.catechu - East Indian spiny tree having twice-pinnate leaves and yellow flowers followed by flat podscatechu - East Indian spiny tree having twice-pinnate leaves and yellow flowers followed by flat pods; source of black catechu
genus Acacia - large genus of shrubs and trees and some woody vines of Central and South America, Africa, Australia and Polynesia: wattle; mimosa
acacia - any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia
black catechu, catechu - extract of the heartwood of Acacia catechu used for dyeing and tanning and preserving fishnets and sails; formerly used medicinally
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Identification of antibacterial principles against Streptoccocus mutans and inhibitory principles against glucosyltransferase from the seed of Areca catechu L.
It is associated with the betel nut, betel quid, tobacco and pan (a betel leaf folded around a mixture of tobacco, betel nut, lime, catechu and other flavouring agents) chewing habits including frequency (number of times per day), duration (years of consumption) and type (Gutkha, pan masala, Mava etc) was recorded.
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Relative to the findings of this study, Balangcod and Balangcod [26] reported that the Kalanguya tribe in Tinoc, Ifugao (Luzon) used boiled roots of Imperata cylindrica and young hairs of Zea mays to treat kidney (urinary tract) infections as it induces urination, crushed leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata to lower fever, boiled leaves of Lantana camara relieves dry cough, and fruits of Areca catechu when chewed and kept in mouth strengthens teeth.
Anti-hyperglycemic activity studies on leaves and stems of Areca catechu L.
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