kamala[kə mā′lə, kam′ə lə]
- an East Indian tree (Mallotus philippinensis) of the spurge family
- a powder obtained from its seed pods, used as the base of an orange dye and, formerly, as a vermifuge
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- An Asian tree (Mallotus philippinensis) that bears a hairy capsular fruit.
- A vermifugal powder obtained from the capsules of this tree.
Origin: Sanskrit kamalam, lotus, pale red, probably of Dravidian origin.