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Catha edulis

Pronunciation: kath′ă ed′yū-lis

Definition: A plant of Ethiopia and Arabia (family Celastraceae), cultivated for use as a stimulant; khat (the fresh leaves and twigs) is chewed or used in the preparation of a beverage; the active principle is pharmacologically related to the amphetamines, probably d-norisoephedrine.

[Ar. khat]

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