- 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.
Origin of gamboge
1625–35; < New Latin gambog- (stem of gambogium), variant of cambog-, after Cambodia
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Examples from the Web for gamboge
Gamboge is of a gum-resinous nature and clear yellow colour.
Perhaps in dyeing, the lead and gamboge solutions might be worth a trial.
The coat of gamboge is lastly to be applied in the same way.
The sun which had neared the horizon was dying in throes of crimson and gamboge.Mr. Incoul's Misadventure
Buildings are sometimes tinted with a mixture of lake and gamboge.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
- a gum resin used as the source of a yellow pigment and as a purgative
- 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
C18: from New Latin gambaugium, from Cambodia
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