kamala

[kuh-mey-luh, kam-uh-luh, kuhm-]
noun
  1. a powder from the capsules of an East Indian tree, Mallotus philippinensis, of the spurge family, used as a yellow dye and in medicine as an anthelmintic.

Origin of kamala

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1810–20
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Historical Examples of kamala

  • This tincture is prepared by macerating 200 grams of kamala in 500 cc.

  • Kamala has died on the same bed, on which my wife had died a long time ago.

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

  • Only Kamala had been dear, had been valuable to him—but was she still thus?

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

  • Siddhartha smiled: "Instantly, I recognised you, Kamala, my dear."

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

  • He had spend the hours of the evening with Kamala, in her beautiful pleasure-garden.

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse


British Dictionary definitions for kamala

kamala

noun
  1. an East Indian euphorbiaceous tree, Mallotus philippinensis
  2. a powder obtained from the seed capsules of this tree, used as a dye and formerly as a worm powder

Word Origin for kamala

C19: from Sanskrit, probably of Dravidian origin; compare Kanarese kōmale
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