Definition of catechu in English:


Syllabification: cat·e·chu
Pronunciation: /ˈkatəˌCHo͞o, -ˌSHo͞o
(also cachou)


A vegetable extract containing tannin, especially one (also called cutch) obtained from the heartwood of an Indian acacia tree, used chiefly for tanning and dyeing.
  • The chief source of this is Acacia catechu, family Leguminosae
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  • Gutkha is a mixture of areca, catechu, betel nut, lime, tobacco and mint.
  • Extracts of areca catechu, rhus coppallina, diospyros virginiana, sassafrass albidium, and chenopodium ambrosiodes were found to produce tumors in rats.
  • Nair et al. first demonstrated that aqueous extracts of areca nut and catechu were capable of generating superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide at pH > 9.5.


late 17th century: modern Latin, from Malay kacu. Compare with cachou.

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