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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kat, khat, qat, quat, cat, Arabian tea, African tea(noun)

    the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant

    "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"

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  1. khat(Noun)

    A shrub (Catha edulis) whose leaves are used as a mild stimulant when chewed or brewed as tea; also a drug produced from this plant.

  2. Origin: From قات.

Freebase

  1. Khat

    Khat is a flowering plant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Among communities from these areas, khat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Khat contains a monoamine alkaloid called cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant, which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria. In 1980, the World Health Organization classified it as a drug of abuse that can produce mild to moderate psychological dependence, although the WHO does not consider khat to be seriously addictive. The plant has been targeted by anti-drug organizations such as the DEA. It is a controlled substance in some countries, such as the United States, Canada and Germany, while its production, sale and consumption are legal in other nations, including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen.


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