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Definition of "gamboge" [gam•boge]

  • A brownish or orange resin obtained from several trees of the genus Garcinia of south-central Asia and yielding a golden-yellow pigment. (noun)
  • A strong reddish yellow. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gamboge" in a sentence
  • "Neither vermilion nor gamboge is reliably permanent. 16 The practical value of the triangles would be limited if the materials used to construct it were incompatible or otherwise unstable. reference Finally, although it is unlikely that this was deliberate, Mayer's use of nonperfect colors in mixtures has the effect of emphasizing his point that nearly any coloring material could be adapted to his techniques of color composition and identification. reference"
  • "-- A fatty matter known as gamboge butter is procured from the seeds of this tree in Mysore."
  • "The gamboge is the juice of the tree obtained by incisions in the bark."