khat


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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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Both cathinones and cannabinoids can be naturally occurring in the form of khat (Catha edulis) and marijuana (Cannabis sativa), respectively.
Mohamed Abduraham Mohamed, 48, loaded two suitcases with khat before being hauled off by customs officers from the Paisley unit.
Somaliland's women are particularly active in trading khat, the wildly popular plant whose leaves when chewed provide a mildly narcotic buzz, which is indulged in by about 90% of the country's adult male population.
TWO men have denied concealing 2,400kg of the Class C drug khat at Teesport.
Also, the artillery, missile and air force units of the Syrian army targeted ISIL positions in Khat al-Betrol region, including a military convoy, killing tens of militants.
Several speakers gave thought-provoking talks that addressed topics like khat addiction in Somalia, and the challenges faced by people with physical disabilities and those experiencing mental illness.
The seizures of khat decreased during the latter part of 2016, and there has been some resistance to pursuing criminal cases by Senegalese authorities.
Somalia's aviation minister put a ban on planes from Kenya carrying khat today, according to The Star, a Kenyan newspaper.
Khat (Catha edulis) leaves are chewed daily by a high proportion of the adult population in Yemen, southern west region of Saudi Arabia and Eastern part of Africa.