chunam

noun chu·nam \ chu̇ˈnam \

Definition of chunam

plural -s
1 India :lime used especially with betel leaf in making pan
2 :a cement or plaster used in India that is usually highly polished and decorated with paintings

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Origin and Etymology of chunam

Tamil cuṇṇam, from Sanskrit cūrna powder, flour, from carvati he grinds, chews; perhaps akin to Slovak čren jaw, cheekbone, Latvian ceruoklis molar


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