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also gam·bir  (găm′bîr)
A resinous astringent extract obtained from the leaves of a woody vine (Uncaria gambir) of Malaysia and Indonesia, used medicinally and formerly for tanning and dyeing.

[Malay gambir.]
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(ˈɡæmbɪə) or


(Elements & Compounds) an astringent resinous substance obtained from a rubiaceous tropical Asian woody climbing plant, Uncaria gambir (or U. gambier): used as an astringent and tonic and in tanning
[C19: from Malay]
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or gam•bir

(ˈgæm bɪər)

an astringent extract obtained from a tropical Asian shrub, Uncaria gambir, of the madder family, used esp. in medicine, dyeing, and tanning.
[1820–30; < Malay]
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This group covers an area of 370 square leagues, and it is formed of sixty groups of islands, among which the Gambier group is remarkable, over which France exercises sway.
It will be perceived more clearly by inspecting the following sections which are real ones, taken in north and south lines, through the islands with their barrier-reefs, of Vanikoro, Gambier, and Maurua; and they are laid down, both vertically and horizontally, on the same scale of a quarter of an inch to a mile.
Primrose stood admiring the snowman she'd built in the front garden of the Gambier Terrace house when a gang of scruffy kids went past singing: "Hark the herald angels sing, Mrs Simpson's pinched our King!" "Come inside, Prim!" shouted Mrs Peake, and Primrose was about to turn to her when she saw a little man, as tall as a sitting cat, peeping from behind the gatepost.
Hamilton scored a win academically by making Kenyon's Merit List (GPA of 3.55 or higher) for the first semester of her freshman year at the Gambier, Ohio, school.
The first group consisted of 196 participants recruited during February-March 2014 in 8 of the most inhabited islands of the 5 FP archipelagos (archipelagos listed in parentheses): Tahiti and Moorea (Society), Rangiroa and Makemo (Tuamotu), Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa (Marquesas), Rurutu (Austral), and Rikitea (Gambier).
ABSTRACT In French Polynesia, the aquaculture of Pinctada margaritifera (Linnaeus, 1758) covers a large maritime exploitation area, spread over nearly 20 degrees latitude and longitude, with numerous pearl farms located in three archipelagos (Gambier, Society, and Tuamotu).
Other materials used for the preparing the offering are betel-vine leaves (sirih), gambier leaves (sedi'/kelait), tobacco (semakau), lime paste (kapu'), dried wild banana leaves (daun rukuk gentu % betel nuts (buah pinang), dried nipah leaves used as tobacco wrappers (rukuk apung), salt (garam), rice wine (tuak) and red threads.
Scientists in Australia have worked out what will happen if Mount Gambier erupts again.
Solihull businessman and former boss of Willis and Gambier, Mr Symes has launched discount quality furnishings supplier East West which provides goods for individuals and the trade.
Bruce Hardy at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and his colleagues said that such fibres are not twisted together in nature, suggesting that the Neanderthals could have strung the string, New Scientist reported.
Siga Resources expects to concentrate its exploration efforts in these areas due to the correlation of the Fire Lake Group of rocks to those of the Gambier Group, host to the Britannia copper-zinc-silver-gold volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit.