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
Origin of kamalaSanskrit
An Asian tree (Mallotus philippensis) that bears a hairy capsular fruit from which a vermifugal powder is obtained. Also called kamala tree.
Origin of kamalaSanskrit kamalam, lotus, pale red, probably of Dravidian origin.