variants or less commonly nagkesar
plural -s
: either of two East Indian trees (Mesua ferrea and Ochrocarpus longifolius) of the family Guttiferae from whose flower buds a red or orange dye is obtained

Word History


Marathi & Hindi nāgkesar, from Sanskrit nāgakesara, from nāga snake + kesara hair, nagkassar (Mesua ferrea); akin to Latin caesaries hair of the head

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“Nagkassar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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