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CATHA

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 515 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CATHA, the khat of the Arabs, a shrub widely distributed and much cultivated in Arabia. and tropical Africa from Abyssinia to the Cape. The dried leaves are used for the preparation of a kind of tea and also as tobacco. The plant is a member of the natural order Celastraceae, a family of shrubs and trees found in temperate and tropical climates and represented in Britain by the spindle-tree (Euonynzus europaeus).
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