[ kuh-mey-luh, kam-uh-luh, kuhm- ]
/ kəˈmeɪ lə, ˈkæm ə lə, ˈkʌm- /


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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for kamala

British Dictionary definitions for kamala

/ (kəˈmɑːlə, ˈkæmələ) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012