One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun An astringent extract of the root of a South American shrub, used in medicine.
2The partially parasitic South American shrub which yields rhatany, which is also used as a source of dye.
Genus Krameria, family Krameriaceae
Early 19th century: from modern Latin rhatania, via Portuguese and Spanish from Quechua ratánya.
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