- any of several trees of the genus Madhuca, of the sapodilla family, native to India, the Malay Peninsula, and southeastern Asia, especially M. latifolia, the flowers of which are used, fresh or dried, for food or are fermented to prepare an intoxicating drink.
Origin of mahua
1680–90; < Hindi mahūā ≪ Sanskrit madhūka a tree name
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A cock, some Mahua (Bassia latifolia) and parched grain are offered to her.
In the absence of toddy, they sometimes manufacture illicit liquor from the flower-buds of the mahua (or mowhra) tree.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
A mahua tree grew in the Deo-khulla or worshipping-place of this sept.
The mahua is the tree from whose flowers spirits are distilled.
After the marriage the bride and the bridegroom have a ceremony of throwing a mahua branch into a river together.