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adjectiveSouth-East Asian, South Asian
Of a disease, food, or medicine: that warms, stimulates, or energizes the body. Also of a person's constitution: sensitive to heat; susceptible to disorders such as fever, sore throat, excessive thirst, etc.
1940s; earliest use found in The Straits Times. From heat + -y, partly after Chinese rè hot, (in traditional Chinese medicine) of a yang nature, promoting heat in the body.
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