1. A shrub, Catha edulis, whose leaves are used as a mild stimulant when chewed or brewed as tea; also a drug produced from this plant.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 31:
      Of course he was an amateur of quat – hashish – which delighted the cops.
    • 2004, Khushwant Singh, Burial at Sea, Penguin 2014, p. 25:
      ‘And skinny Arab beggars who chew qat all day long to kill their appetites and get high on the weed.’
    • 2011, Jay Badahur, The Guardian, 24 May 2011:
      Habitually munching on narcotic leaves of khat, they are easy enough to spot, their gleaming Toyota four-wheel-drives slicing paths around beaten-up wheelbarrows and pushcarts.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: qat, khat
  • German: Kathstrauch
  • Portuguese: khat
  • Russian: кат

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