kumkum

noun kum·kum \ ˈku̇mˌku̇m \

Definition of kumkum

plural -s
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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Origin and Etymology of kumkum

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


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