Definition of gamboge in English:

Share this entry

gamboge

Pronunciation: /ɡamˈbōj/
/ɡamˈbo͞oZH/

noun

A gum resin produced by various eastern Asian trees, used as a yellow pigment and in medicine as a purgative.
Example sentences
  • All were identified as gamboge, a yellow gum resin that is an exudate from the Garcinia tree found in India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
  • There are many other wild and cultivated Garcinia spp, some providing sweet fruits, others tart seasonings, medicines, dyes, the artist's pigment gamboge, substances used for tanning leather, and timber.
  • Among the guilty fugitives, whose departure has made monotone what was polychrome, are indigo, gamboge and brown lake (purple).

Origin

Early 18th century (earlier in the Latin form): from modern Latin gambaugium, from Cambodia.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.