Definition of gambier in English:


Syllabification: gam·bier
Pronunciation: /ˈgambi(ə)r
(also gambir)


  • An astringent extract of a tropical Asiatic plant, used in tanning.
    • The chief source of gambier is the climber Uncaria gambier, family Rubiaceae
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    • 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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