gam·​boge | \gam-ˈbōj, -ˈbüzh \

Definition of gamboge 

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 : a strong yellow

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In a palette of chartreuse, ocher, cinnamon and gamboge, Ito overlaid uncommon shapes, such as a rectangle rounded and pinched at the top like a loaf of Wonder Bread, into compositions of preternatural calm. Jason Farago, New York Times, "10 Galleries to Visit Now Around SoHo and TriBeCa," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gamboge

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gamboge

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

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gam·​boge | \gam-ˈbōj, -ˈbüzh \

Medical Definition of gamboge 

: 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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