kumkum

noun
kum·​kum | \ ˈku̇mˌku̇m\
plural -s

Definition of kumkum

1 : red turmeric powder used for making the distinctive Hindu mark on the forehead
2 : the mark on the forehead made with kumkum

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History and Etymology for kumkum

Hindi kuṅkum, from Sanskrit kuṅkuma saffron, perhaps of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew karkōm saffron, crocus

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