AskDefine | Define Gamboge

Dictionary Definition

gamboge

Noun

1 a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative
2 a strong yellow color [syn: lemon, lemon yellow, maize]

Extensive Definition

Gamboge is a rather transparent dark mustard yellow pigment.
Gamboge is most often extracted by tapping from the Garcinia hanburyi tree. The trees must be ten years old before they are tapped. The resin is extracted by making spiral incisions in the bark, and by breaking off leaves and shoots and letting the milky yellow resinous gum drip out. The resulting latex is collected in hollow bamboo. After the latex is congealed, the bamboo is broken away and large rods of raw gamboge remain.
The first recorded use of gamboge as a color name in English was in 1634.

Etymology of gamboge

The word gamboge comes from gambogium, the Latin word for the pigment, which derives from Gambogia, the Latin word for Cambodia.

Gamboge in human culture

Parapsychology
  • People with gamboge auras are said to be capable of altruistically directing their faculties toward unselfish purposes.

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External links

Gamboge in German: Gummigutta
Gamboge in Italian: Gommagutta
Gamboge in Polish: Gumiguta
Gamboge in Slovak: Gumiguta
Gamboge in Swedish: Gummigutta
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