Meaning of gambier in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡambɪə/


mass noun
  • An astringent extract of a tropical Asiatic plant, used in tanning.

    Also called catechu

    The chief source of gambier is the climber Uncaria gambier, family Rubiaceae

    • ‘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.