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

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

  • Chaulmoogra oil and gurjun oil internally and externally are in some instances of service.

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British Dictionary definitions for chaulmoogra


  1. a tropical Asian tree, Taraktogenos (or Hydnocarpus) kurzii: family Flacourtiaceae
  2. oil from the seed of this tree, used in treating leprosy
  3. any of several similar or related trees
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Word Origin for chaulmoogra

from Bengali cāulmugrā, from cāul rice + mugrā hemp
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