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Definitions for gamboge
gæmˈboʊdʒ, -ˈbuʒgam·boge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gambogenoun

    a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative

  2. gamboge, lemon, lemon yellow, maizenoun

    a strong yellow color


  1. gambogenoun

    One of several species of trees of genus Garcinia found in South and Southeastern Asia.

  2. gambogenoun

    Resin of the gamboge tree.

  3. gambogeadjective

    Of a deep yellow colour.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gambogenoun

    Gamboge is a concreted vegetable juice, partly of a gummy, partly of a resinous nature. It is heavy, of a bright yellow colour, and scarce any smell. It is brought from America, and from many parts of the East Indies, particularly from Cambaja, or Cambogia, whence it has its name. Gamboge was not known in Europe ’till 1603, and soon after got into use as a purgative medicine; but the roughness of its operation rendering it less esteemed as such, it got into use in painting, where it yet retains its credit. Hill.


  1. gamboge

    Gamboge is a bright yellow-orange to brown pigmented resin derived from trees of the Garcinia species, typically used as a watercolor in art. Its name also refers to the vibrant color it produces.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gambogenoun

    a concrete juice, or gum resin, produced by several species of trees in Siam, Ceylon, and Malabar. It is brought in masses, or cylindrical rolls, from Cambodia, or Cambogia, -- whence its name. The best kind is of a dense, compact texture, and of a beatiful reddish yellow. Taking internally, it is a strong and harsh cathartic and emetic


  1. Gamboge

    Gamboge is a partially transparent deep saffron to mustard yellow pigment. It is used to dye Buddhist monks' robes because the color is a deep tone of saffron, the traditional color used for the robes of Theravada Buddhist monks.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gamboge

    gam-bōj′, or gam-bōōj′, n. a yellow gum-resin used as a pigment and in medicine.—adjs. Gambog′ian, Gambog′ic. [From Cambodia, in Asia, whence brought about 1600.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Gamboge

    Brought from Cambogia in Siam.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gamboge in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gamboge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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