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  1. catechu, Jerusalem thorn, Acacia catechu(noun)

    East Indian spiny tree having twice-pinnate leaves and yellow flowers followed by flat pods; source of black catechu

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  1. Acacia catechu

    Acacia catechu also commonly called Mimosa catechu, is a deciduous, thorny tree which grows up to 15 m in height. The plant is called khair in Hindi, and kachu in Malay, hence the name was Latinized to "catechu" in Linnaean taxonomy, as the type-species from which the extracts cutch and catechu are derived. Common names for it include catechu, cachou, cutchtree, black cutch, and black catechu. The genus name derives from the Greek word for its characteristic thorns, ακις. The Acacia catechu is found in Asia, China, India and the Indian Ocean area. Through derivatives of the flavanols in its extracts, the species has lent its name to the important catechins, catechols and catecholamines of chemistry and biology.

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