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khat

or qat  (kät)
n.
1. An evergreen shrub (Catha edulis) native to tropical East Africa and Arabia, having dark green opposite leaves that contain cathinone and other stimulants.
2. The leaves of this plant, chewed for their stimulating effect.

[Arabic qāt; akin to Amharic and Tigrinya č̣āt.]

khat

(kæt; kɑːt) or

kat

n
1. (Plants) a white-flowered evergreen shrub, Catha edulis, of Africa and Arabia, whose leaves have narcotic properties
2. (Recreational Drugs) the leaves of this shrub, chewed or prepared as a drink
[C19: from Arabic qāt]

kat

or khat

(kɑt)

n.
1. the leaves of a SW Asian and African shrub, Catha edulis, of the staff-tree family: chewed as a stimulant or made into a tea.
2. the shrub itself.
[1855–60; < Arabic qāt]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.khat - the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make teakhat - the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant; "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"
excitant, stimulant drug, stimulant - a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
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