Definition of khat in English:


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Pronunciation: /kɑːt
(also qat)


  • 1 [mass noun] The leaves of an Arabian shrub, which are chewed (or drunk as an infusion) as a stimulant.
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    • Knowledgeable users maintain that chewing khat has more in common with coffee than cocaine.
    • Mahdi chews khat, a semi-narcotic leaf that has wired generations of Muslims from the coast of eastern Africa to Yemen at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.
    • In Somali communities, chewing a traditional stimulant called khat has landed some people in deportation proceedings, since the leaf is now categorized as a controlled substance.
  • 2The shrub that produces khat, growing in mountainous regions and often cultivated.
    • Catha edulis, family Celastraceae
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    • Ethiopian officials said they are not going to stop farmers from growing khat, but are trying to offer alternatives.


mid 19th century: from Arabic qāt.

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