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 trees belong to genera in various families, in particular Pterocarpus and Butea (family Leguminosae)
- ‘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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