kamala

kamala

[kuh-mey-luh, kam-uh-luh, kuhm-]
noun
a powder from the capsules of an East Indian tree, Mallotus philippinensis, of the spurge family, used as a yellow dye and in medicine as an anthelmintic.

Origin:
1810–20; < Sanskrit

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kamala (kəˈmɑːlə, ˈkæmələ)
 
n
1.  an East Indian euphorbiaceous tree, Mallotus philippinensis
2.  a powder obtained from the seed capsules of this tree, used as a dye and formerly as a worm powder
 
[C19: from Sanskrit, probably of Dravidian origin; compare Kanarese kōmale]

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