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[kuh-mey-luh, kam-uh-luh, kuhm-] /kəˈmeɪ lə, ˈkæm ə lə, ˈkʌm-/
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 of kamala
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This tincture is prepared by macerating 200 grams of kamala in 500 cc.

  • He had spend the hours of the evening with kamala, in her beautiful pleasure-garden.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • Only kamala had been dear, had been valuable to him—but was she still thus?

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • Siddhartha smiled: "Instantly, I recognised you, kamala, my dear."

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • kamala has died on the same bed, on which my wife had died a long time ago.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
British Dictionary definitions for kamala


/kəˈmɑːlə; ˈkæmələ/
an East Indian euphorbiaceous tree, Mallotus philippinensis
a powder obtained from the seed capsules of this tree, used as a dye and formerly as a worm powder
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit, probably of Dravidian origin; compare Kanarese kōmale
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