Definition of gambier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡambɪə/


[mass noun]
An astringent extract of a tropical Asiatic plant, used in tanning. Also called catechu.
  • The chief source of gambier is the climber Uncaria gambier, family Rubiaceae
Example sentences
  • Gambier was an extract made from the leaves and twigs of a vine that grew in India and the Malacca Islands, Uncaria gambir.


Early 19th century: from Malay gambir, the name of the plant.

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