catechu

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Probably a corruption of the Malay kachu.

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catechu ‎(plural catechus)

  1. A gummy extract of any of several species of Acacieae, produced by boiling the wood of the tree in water and evaporating the resulting liquid.
    • 1837, Jonathan Pereira, “Lectures on Materia Medica: Lecture LXI”, London Medical Gazette, volume XX, page 107: 
      The pale catechus are usually sweeter and more pleasant for chewing.

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