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

Word History


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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“Chunam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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