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gambier:

see catechucatechu
or cutch,
extract from the heartwood of Acacia catechu, a leguminous tree of the pulse family, native to India and Myanmar. Catechu is a fast brown dye used for various shades of brown and olive, including the familiar khaki, and also in tanning.
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Gambier

 

gambier-catechu, a tanning extract obtained from the leaves and young shoots of the climbing shrub Une aria gambir of the Rubiaceae family. It contains 40-50 percent tanning agents. In the countries of Southeast Asia gambier is used to tan light skins and also to dye them in yellowish-brown shades.

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