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gamboge

(gămbōj`) [Fr.,=Cambodia], an intensely yellow pigmentpigment,
substance that imparts color to other materials. In paint, the pigment is a powdered substance which, when mixed in the liquid vehicle, imparts color to a painted surface.
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 obtained from the sap of Garcinia morella, a tree of SE Asia and Sri Lanka.

Gamboge

 

a thick milky fluid obtained by tapping trees of the genus Garcinia (family Hypericaceae), which grow in Ceylon and in South and Southeast Asia. Gamboge is a gum resin consisting of resin (70 to 80 percent) and gum (20 to 27 percent). It forms a yellow emulsion with water. It is used in the manufacture of spirit varnishes and yellow watercolor paint.

gamboge

1. gamboge tree any of several tropical Asian trees of the genus Garcinia, esp G. hanburyi, that yield this resin: family Clusiaceae
2. 
a. a gum resin used as the source of a yellow pigment and as a purgative
b. the pigment made from this resin
3. a strong yellow colour
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