[ gam-bohj, -boozh ]

  1. 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.

  2. yellow or yellow-orange.

Origin of gamboge

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

Other words from gamboge

  • gam·bo·gi·an, adjective

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How to use gamboge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gamboge


/ (ɡæmˈbəʊdʒ, -ˈbuːʒ) /

    • a gum resin used as the source of a yellow pigment and as a purgative

    • the pigment made from this resin

  1. gamboge tree any of several tropical Asian trees of the genus Garcinia, esp G. hanburyi, that yield this resin: family Clusiaceae

  1. a strong yellow colour

Origin of gamboge

C18: from New Latin gambaugium, from Cambodia
  • Also called (for senses 1, 2): cambogia

Derived forms of gamboge

  • gambogian, adjective

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