One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gum obtained from certain tropical trees by tapping, used locally as an astringent in medicine and in tanning.
- ‘The trunk exudes a reddish substance (kino), a solution of which has been used in the treatment of diarrhea.’
- ‘The name ‘Bloodwood’ is derived from the trees kino (gum) veins, which are often seen oozing red kino from lesions in the bark.’
Late 18th century: apparently from a West African language.
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