Etymology
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gamboge (n.)

type of gum-resin from Southeast Asia, used in Europe as a yellow dye and as a purgative in medicine, 1630, in widely varying spellings, from Modern Latin cambogium, ultimately from the source of the place name Cambodia.

updated on February 09, 2015

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Definitions of gamboge from WordNet

gamboge (n.)
a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative;
gamboge (n.)
a strong yellow color;
Synonyms: lemon / lemon yellow / maize
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