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gamboge


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gamboge  \Gam*boge"\,  n. 
  A  concrete  juice,  or  gum  resin,  produced  by  several  species 
  of  trees  in  Siam,  Ceylon,  and  Malabar.  It  is  brought  in 
  masses,  or  cylindrical  rolls,  from  Cambodia,  or  Cambogia,  -- 
  whence  its  name  The  best  kind  is  of  a  dense,  compact 
  texture,  and  of  a  beatiful  reddish  yellow.  Taking  internally, 
  it  is  a  strong  and  harsh  cathartic  and  emetic.  [Written  also 
  {camboge}.] 
 
  Note:  There  are  several  kinds  of  gamboge,  but  all  are  derived 
  from  species  of  {Garcinia},  a  genus  of  trees  of  the 
  order  {Guttifer[ae]}.  The  best  Siam  gamboge  is  thought 
  to  come  from  {Garcinia  Hanburii}.  Ceylon  gamboge  is 
  from  {G.  Morella}.  {G.  pictoria},  of  Western  India, 
  yields  {gamboge},  and  also  a  kind  of  oil  called 
  {gamboge  butter}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gamboge 
  n  1:  a  gum  resin  used  as  a  yellow  pigment  and  a  purgative 
  2:  a  strong  yellow  color  [syn:  {lemon},  {lemon  yellow},  {maize}] 




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