Definitions

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  • n. Alternative form of khat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant

Etymologies

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Examples

  • As massive crowds rallied in cities across Yemen, observations came in from those on the ground about the lack of food, level of demonstrations, and even the chewing of khat also referred to as qat via Twitter.

    Libya in stalemate; Yemen opposition joins demonstrators

  • Land once used for export crops - cotton, fruit, and vegetables - has been turned over to growing a shrub called qat, whose leaves are chewed for their stimulant effect by Yemenis and which has no significant export market.

    The 1996 CIA Factbook

  • The capital became quiet during an afternoon period when Yemenis traditional chew a popular stimulant leaf, known as qat.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • SANAA (AFP) - The euphoria-inducing drug qat, which is a national passion in Yemen, shot up in price on the first day of football's World Cup, the defence ministry said on its website on

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • Off the coast of the violence-racked nation, millions of dollars in ransom are demanded and won by young men travelling in skiffs, armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades and sometimes hopped up on the narcotic plant called qat that is popular with Somalis.

    Top Stories: BreakingNews.ie

  • Wikipedia says khat is native to east Africa and the Arabian peninsula and is also known as qat, qaat, quat, gat, jaad, chat, chad, chaad and miraa, depending on the country in which it is found.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • Even as drought kills off Yemen's crops, farmers in villages like this one are turning increasingly to a thirsty plant called qat, the leaves of which are chewed every day by most Yemeni men (and some women) for their mild narcotic effect.

    NYT > Home Page

  • SANAA, 5 September 2010 (IRIN) - The widespread daily ritual of chewing the amphetamine-rich leaf 'qat' is to blame for the growing number of mouth cancers in Yemen, according to local

    IRIN

  • "Our loss this year was great, especially as there is only one season in which to grow grapes, unlike qat which is grown throughout the year," he explained.

    tabsir.net

  • Justice Department attorneys argued that Almerfedi was a former Aden-based salesman of the narcotics plant called qat who came to support al Qaeda "and is thus an enemy of the United

    Peace Perspectives

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  • Probably the most useful scrabble word ever.

    May 16, 2009

  • not sure if this is true, but i heard from my grandmother that was at one time an alternate spelling for "cat".

    November 22, 2008

  • Arabic /qa:t/, Somali jaad, so 'qat' is a better English spelling than 'khat'.

    July 3, 2008

  • usage note on bhang

    March 17, 2008