gamboge

noun 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

Origin and Etymology of gamboge

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


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gamboge

noun 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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