One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Caribbean climbing plant of the buckthorn family, the twigs or bark of which are chewed to clean the teeth, for their flavour, or as a stimulant.
Gouania domingensis, family Rhamnaceae
- ‘But rural children in Benin use chew sticks for dental care and wouldn't recognize an orange orange, because the fruit is not dyed in Benin, as is done to improve the fruit's appeal to U.S. customers.’
- ‘Then you flip a lid to reveal two parallel rows of perfectly set sticks - in one case cancer sticks, in the other chew sticks.’
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