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noun ketch"up
A pureed table sauce made predominantly from tomatoes, flavored with onions, sugar, salt and spices; called also tomato ketchup. The term is also applied to pureed sauces containing mushrooms, walnuts, etc., being called in such cases mushroom ketchup walnut ketchup, etc.

Etymology: Probably of East Indian origin, because it was originally a kind of East Indian pickles. Cf. also Malay kĕchap fish sauce. MW10

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  1. Thick spicy sauce made from tomatoes

1711, following earlier catchup (1690), of disputed origin. Originally referred to a sauce from South/Southeast/East Asia – 1690: East Indies (region generally); 1711: Tonkin (northern Vietnam) and China.

Most likely from Malay kicap, from Min Nan Chinese 鮭汁 (kê-chiap, “brine of fish (namely salmon)”), though precise path is unclear – there are related words in various Chinese dialects, and it may have entered English directly from Chinese. Cognate to Indonesian kecap, ketjap (“soy sauce”). Various other theories exist – see Ketchup: Terminology for extended discussion.

Catsup (earlier catchup) is an alternative Anglicization, still in use in U.S.

  1. (uncountable) A tomato-vinegar-based sauce.
    1. (US standard of identity) A food comprising tomato concentrate and any of vinegar, sweetener, spices, flavoring, onion, and garlic.
  2. (countable) Such a sauce more generally (not necessarily based on tomatoes).
    fish ; fruit ; mushroom

ketchup was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Alaska approximately on 1675. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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