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kino

Syllabification: ki·no
Pronunciation: /ˈkēnō
 
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Definition of kino in English:

noun

A gum obtained from certain tropical trees by tapping, used locally as an astringent in medicine and in tanning.
  • The trees belong to genera in various families, in particular Pterocarpus and Butea (family Leguminosae)
Example sentences
  • The trunk exudes a reddish substance (kino), a solution of which has been used in the treatment of diarrhea.
  • The name ‘Bloodwood’ is derived from the trees kino (gum) veins, which are often seen oozing red kino from lesions in the bark.

Origin

late 18th century: apparently from a West African language.

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