Definition of chaulmoogra in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃɔːlˈmuːɡrə/


1A tropical Asian evergreen tree with narrow leathery leaves and oil-rich seeds.
  • Genus Hydnocarpus, family Flacourtiaceae: several species, in particular H. kurzii, the main source of the oil.
Example sentences
  • 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) [mass noun] Oil obtained from the seeds of the chaulmoogra tree, used medically and as a preservative.
Example sentences
  • 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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