- a southern Asian tree, Michelia champaca, of the magnolia family, having fragrant yellow or orange flowers and yielding an oil (champaca oil) used in perfumes.
Also cham·pa·ca [cham-puh-kuh, chuhm-] /ˈtʃæm pə kə, ˈtʃʌm-/, cham·pak.
Origin of champac
1760–70; < Hindi campak < Sanskrit campaka
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Champac flowers are used in the manufacture of temple garlands.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
Along with its flowers the priests use likewise those of the Champac (Michelia Champaca), belonging to the family of magnoliace.
Champac, cham′pak, n. an Indian tree of great beauty, much venerated by Brahminists and Buddhists.
From the wood of the champac the images of Buddha are carved for the temples.
- a magnoliaceous tree, Michelia champaca, of India and the East Indies. Its fragrant yellow flowers yield an oil used in perfumes and its wood is used for furniture
C18: from Hindi campak, from Sanskrit campaka, of Dravidian origin
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