One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical African tree of the pea family, with light spongy timber that is used for rafts and floats.
Aeschynomene elaphroxylon, family Leguminosae
- ‘The ambatch float remained perfectly stationary upon the surface.’
- ‘There are high precipices that are backed by the papyrus and ambatch swamps that form the delta of the Kagera River.’
- ‘He held the loose coils of rope attached to the ambatch buoy.’
Mid 19th century: of Ethiopic origin.
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