Definition of mahua in English:

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mahua

Pronunciation: /ˈmähwä/ Pronunciation: /-ho͞oə/
(also mahwa)

noun

1An Indian tree that has fleshy edible flowers and yields oil-rich seeds.
  • Madhuca latifolia, family Sapotaceae.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ma·hua

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