gamboge

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noun gam·boge \gam-ˈbōj, -ˈbüzh\

Definition of gamboge

  1. 1 :  an orange to brown gum resin from southeast Asian trees (genus Garcinia) of the Saint-John's-wort family that is used as a yellow pigment and cathartic

  2. 2 :  a strong yellow

Origin and Etymology of gamboge

earlier cambuge, gum-booge, latinized as cambogium, cambugium, perhaps borrowed from Portuguese Camboja Cambodia, associated with the substance


First Known Use: 1653


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gamboge

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noun gam·boge \gam-ˈbōj, -ˈbüzh\

Medical Definition of gamboge

  1. :  an orange to brown gum resin from southeast Asian trees (genus Garcinia of the family Guttiferae) that is used as a yellow pigment and cathartic—called also cambogia


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