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1An astringent extract of the root of a South American shrub, used in medicine.
2The partially parasitic South American shrub that yields this root, which is also used as a source of dye.
Early 19th century: from modern Latin rhatania, via Portuguese and Spanish from Quechua ratánya.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.