kamala

[kuh-mey-luh, kam-uh-luh, kuhm-]
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noun

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

  • Dear Kamala, thus advise me where I should go to, that I'll find these three things most quickly?

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

  • Kamala is also used externally by the natives of India in various skin complaints, particularly in scabies.

  • Siddhartha said nothing, and they played the game of love, one of the thirty or forty different games Kamala knew.

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

  • Like this it is, precisely like this it is also with Kamala and with the pleasures of love.

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

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



British Dictionary definitions for kamala

kamala

noun

an East Indian euphorbiaceous tree, Mallotus philippinensis
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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