chaulmoogra

[ chawl-moo-gruh ]
/ tʃɔlˈmu grə /

noun

any of several trees of the genus Hydnocarpus (or Taraktogenos), of southeastern Asia, especially H. kurzii, the seeds of which yield chaulmoogra oil.

Origin of chaulmoogra

First recorded in 1805–15, chaulmoogra is from the Bengali word cālmugrā
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chaulmoogra

/ (tʃɔːlˈmuːɡrə) /

noun

a tropical Asian tree, Taraktogenos (or Hydnocarpus) kurzii: family Flacourtiaceae
oil from the seed of this tree, used in treating leprosy
any of several similar or related trees

Word Origin for chaulmoogra

from Bengali cāulmugrā, from cāul rice + mugrā hemp
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