[gam-bohj, -boozh]


Also cambogia. a gum resin from various Asian trees of the genus Garcinia, especially G. hanburyi, used as a yellow pigment and as a cathartic.
yellow or yellow-orange.

Nearby words

  1. gamble,
  2. gambler,
  3. gamblers' fallacy,
  4. gambling,
  5. gambling house,
  6. gambol,
  7. gambrel,
  8. gambrel roof,
  9. gambrinus,
  10. gambusia

Origin of gamboge

1625–35; < New Latin gambog- (stem of gambogium), variant of cambog-, after Cambodia

Related formsgam·bo·gi·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gamboge



  1. a gum resin used as the source of a yellow pigment and as a purgative
  2. the pigment made from this resin
gamboge tree any of several tropical Asian trees of the genus Garcinia, esp G. hanburyi, that yield this resin: family Clusiaceae
a strong yellow colour
Also called (for senses 1, 2): cambogia

Derived Formsgambogian, adjective

Word Origin for gamboge

C18: from New Latin gambaugium, from Cambodia

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