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 (găm-bōj′, -bo͞ozh′)
1. A brownish or orange resin obtained from several trees of the genus Garcinia of South and Southeast Asia and yielding a golden-yellow pigment.
2. A strong reddish yellow.

[New Latin cambugium, gambogium, after Cambodia.]

gam·boge′ adj.


(ɡæmˈbəʊdʒ; -ˈbuːʒ) or


1. (Elements & Compounds)
a. a gum resin used as the source of a yellow pigment and as a purgative
b. the pigment made from this resin
2. (Plants) gamboge tree any of several tropical Asian trees of the genus Garcinia, esp G. hanburyi, that yield this resin: family Clusiaceae
3. (Colours) a strong yellow colour
Also called (for senses 1, 2): cambogia
[C18: from New Latin gambaugium, from Cambodia]
gamˈbogian adj


(gæmˈboʊdʒ, -ˈbuʒ)

1. a gum resin from various Asian trees of the genus Garcinia, family Guttiferae, esp. G.hanburyi, used as a yellow pigment.
2. yellow or yellow-orange.
[1625–35; < New Latin gambog-, s. of gambogium, after Cambodia]
gam•bo′gi•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gamboge - a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative
gum resin - a mixture of resin and gum
2.gamboge - a strong yellow colorgamboge - a strong yellow color    
yellow, yellowness - yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
References in classic literature ?
I don't know, but I heard that gamboge ghost of a Fedallah saying so, and he seems to know all about ships' charms.
I am off, to cultivate the field of public indigestion with the triple plowshare of aloes, scammony and gamboge.
His blood may be gamboge yellow with green spots, for all anybody knows.