Definition of Gamboge

1. Noun. A gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative.

Generic synonyms: Gum Resin



2. Noun. A strong yellow color.
Exact synonyms: Lemon, Lemon Yellow, Maize
Generic synonyms: Yellow, Yellowness

Definition of Gamboge

1. n. A concrete juice, or gum resin, produced by several species of trees in Siam, Ceylon, and Malabar. It is brought in masses, or cylindrical rolls, from Cambodia, or Cambogia, -- whence its name. The best kind is of a dense, compact texture, and of a beatiful reddish yellow. Taken internally, it is a strong and harsh cathartic and emetic.

Definition of Gamboge

1. Noun. One of several species of trees of genus ''Garcinia'' found in South and Southeastern Asia. ¹

2. Noun. Resin of the gamboge tree. ¹

3. Noun. A deep yellow colour. ¹

4. Adjective. Of a deep yellow colour. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gamboge

1. a gum resin [n -S]

Medical Definition of Gamboge

1. A concrete juice, or gum resin, produced by several species of trees in Siam, Ceylon, and Malabar. It is brought in masses, or cylindrical rolls, from Cambodia, or Cambogia, whence its name. The best kind is of a dense, compact texture, and of a beatiful reddish yellow. Taking internally, it is a strong and harsh cathartic ad emetic. Alternative forms: camboge There are several kinds of gamboge, but all are derived from species of Garcinia, a genus of trees of the order Guttiferae. The best Siam gamboge is thought to come from Garcinia Hanburii. Ceylon gamboge is from G. Morella. G. Pictoria, of Western India, yields gamboge, and also a kind of oil called gamboge butter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gamboge

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Literary usage of Gamboge

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1. The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia: Commercial by Edward Balfour (1885)
"A tree common in Hu-peli, in China, is said to yield a gamboge-like substance. The gamboge of commerce is known by the names of Ceylon and Siam gamboge. ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Royal Society of Edinburgh (1851)
"On the gamboge Tree of Siam. By Dr Christison. Although gamboge has been known in European commerce for nearly two centuries and a half, ..."

3. Pharmaceutical Journal by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1851)
"The same plant, with its gamboge was about the same time observed by the Rev. F. Mason, near Mergui, in Tavoy, one of the ceded Burmese provinces. ..."

4. Practical therapeutics by Edward John Waring (1866)
"He states that he has found gamboge act in these cases with great force, both in occasioning free watery evacuations and in reducing the dropsy, ..."

5. The Indian Forester (1885)
"ALTHOUGH various varieties of gamboge-bearing trees have for many years past been known to exist in different parts of the province, notably in the ..."

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