Definition of chaulmoogra in English:


Syllabification: chaul·moo·gra
Pronunciation: /CHôlˈmo͞ogrə


  • 1A tropical Asian evergreen tree with narrow leathery leaves and oil-rich seeds.
    • Genus Hydnocarpus, family Flacourtiaceae: several species, in particular H. kurzii, a principal source of the oil
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    • Finally, an expedition sent by the United States found the chaulmoogra tree in the forests of Burma.
    • Tropical chaulmoogra oil comes from the expressed oil of seeds of the chaulmoogra tree.
    • The chaulmoogra tree also featured on a Fiji stamp of 1970 in honour of the closing of the hospital
  • 1.1 (also chaulmoogra oil) The oil obtained from the seeds of the chaulmoogra tree. It is used medically and as a preservative, and was formerly used in the treatment of leprosy.
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    • This form of treatment was adopted by Dr Durack in Western Australia, who treated him with chaulmoogra oil by mouth.
    • One of the standard treatments for leprosy has been to inject ethyl-esters of chaulmoogra oil into a muscle with a large bore syringe.
    • In the 12th century AD, chaulmoogra oil was imported into China from Cambodia - the native home of the tree from which it is derived.


early 19th century: from Bengali cāul-mugrā.

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