any of several trees of the genus Madhuca, of the sapodilla family, native to India, the Malay Peninsula, and southeastern Asia, especially M. latifolia, the flowers of which are used, fresh or dried, for food or are fermented to prepare an intoxicating drink.
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The smell of the fermented mahua and the refuse water lying about make the village liquor-shop an unattractive place.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India | R. V. Russell
The body of an adult may also be burnt under a mahua tree so that the tree may give him a supply of liquor in the next world.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India | R. V. Russell
They know how to distil liquor from the flowers of the mahua (Bassia latifolia).Castes and Tribes of Southern India | Edgar Thurston
A subsept of the Uika clan of Gonds in Betūl, so named because their priest stole balls of cooked mahua.
Farmservants eat the gruel of rice or kodon boiled in water when they can afford it, and if not they eat mahua flowers.