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chaulmoogra

[ chawl-moo-gruh ]
/ tʃɔlˈmu grə /
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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for chaulmoogra

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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