Definition of mahua in English:


Syllabification: ma·hua
Pronunciation: /ˈmähwä, -ho͞oə
(also mahwa)


  • 1An Indian tree that has fleshy edible flowers and yields oil-rich seeds.
    • Madhuca latifolia, family Sapotaceae
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    • Access to products like mahua (butter tree), tendu leaf and edible gum is a matter of life and death to the tribals.
    • Every part of the famed illupai tree (Madhuca longifolia, mahua in Hindi, or ‘butter tree ‘) can be used.
    • The women also pick up mahua, a kind of flower with which they make liquor.
  • 1.1An alcoholic drink produced from the nectar-rich flowers of this tree.
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    • He retained mahua liquor and tribal sensuality, but brought in the prissiness of the urban middleclass, plus his own reticence.
    • Lawrence [went] to the wilds of Purulia where he set up home with a Santhal woman, ate begun-pora and drank mahua religiously each evening.


late 17th century: via Hindi from Sanskrit madhūka, from madhu 'sweet'.

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