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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.]


(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]


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.
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Statistics from 2013 showed that this industry had developed on 25 islands and atolls, covering nearly 7,800 ha of maritime surface area, with 517 recorded pearl farms located in three archipelagos: Tuamotu (398 farms), Gambier (79 farms), and Society (40 farms) (Talvard 2015).
What is Gambier, as in the terrace overlooking the Anglican Cathedral?
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.
Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, says in a statement on its website that Pochter was a 21-year-old student from Chevy Chase, Md.