Definition of gambier in English:

gambier

(also gambir)

noun

  • An astringent extract of a tropical Asiatic plant, used in tanning.

    • ‘Gambier was an extract made from the leaves and twigs of a vine that grew in India and the Malacca Islands, Uncaria gambir.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Malay gambir, the name of the plant.

Pronunciation:

gambier

/ˈɡamˌbir/