One of two general classes of vegetable tannins. The other class is pyrogallol. Catechol tannins contain an organic phenolic compound(s). Examples are cutch, quebracho, hemlock bark, gambier, and willow bark. Catechol tannins give a greenish-black precipitate with iron salts. They produce leathers that are more resistant to heat and decay than pyrogallols.
Soluble in water, ethanol.
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