• WordNet 3.6
    • n gamboge a strong yellow color
    • n gamboge a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gamboge A concrete juice, or gum resin, produced by several species of trees in Siam, Ceylon, and Malabar. It is brought in masses, or cylindrical rolls, from Cambodia, or Cambogia, -- whence its name. The best kind is of a dense, compact texture, and of a beatiful reddish yellow. Taken internally, it is a strong and harsh cathartic and emetic.☞ There are several kinds of gamboge, but all are derived from species of Garcinia, a genus of trees of the order Guttiferæ. The best Siam gamboge is thought to come from Garcinia Hanburii . Ceylon gamboge is from G. Morella . G. pictoria , of Western India, yields gamboge, and also a kind of oil called gamboge butter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gamboge A gum resin, the inspissated juice of various species of the guttiferous genus Garcinia. The gamboge of commerce is mainly derived from G. Hanburyi, a handsome laurel-like tree of Siam, Cambodia, and Cochin China. (See cut under Garcinia.) It is of a rich brownish-orange color, becoming brilliant yellow when powdered, forming a yellow emulsion with water, and having a disagreeable acrid taste. It is a drastic purgative, but is seldom used in medicine except in combination. It is mostly used as a pigment in water-color painting, producing transparent yellows, verging on brown in deep masses. It is quite durable as a water-color, and fairly so in oil. Ceylon gamboge is obtained from G. Morella. False gamboge is a similar but inferior product of G. Xanthochymus. The so-called American gamboge is the juice of Vismia Guianensis and other species of South America. In doses of a dram or even less gamboge has produced death.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gamboge gam-bōj′ or gam-bōōj′ a yellow gum-resin used as a pigment and in medicine
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Cambodia, in Asia, whence brought about 1600.


In literature:

Gamboge is a powerful drastic, hydragogue cathartic, which is apt to produce nausea and vomiting.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Leila, with luxuriant locks of yellow, splashed with green, and Dolores with inky hair and eyes of a rich gamboge.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Gamboge paints lovely landscapes, they say.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
Some colours are easily removed, but seventeenth-century gamboge is a perfect beast.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Gamboge is a bad article for candy, yellow, cheap, hurtful color.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
An excellent first colouring can be effected with the transparent preparation of gamboge.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
Have you any profiles to take yet, Mr. Gamboge?
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
There is white lead and red lead, and verdigris, and gamboge, and twenty other poisons in those colour cakes.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Timber is not abundant, but the gamboge tree and the wood-oil tree are found of a good size.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
Gamboge and a vegetable red resembling crimson lake are both used without size.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
The lip also has pink lobes above a gamboge throat, and a bright crimson-purple disc.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Neutral tints are obtained by mixing Prussian blue, lake and gamboge.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
He watched the sun expire in throes of crimson and gamboge, and night unloose her leash of stars.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
Gamboge is used as a pigment, and as a colouring matter for varnishes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4" by Various
Why don't they shut up the keyhole to prevent those gamboge-coloured elephants getting through?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, September 2nd, 1893" by Various
The castles and abbeys were usually gamboge.
"Pencil Sketches" by Eliza Leslie
A solution of gamboge in water, writes a full yellow, but comes far short of turmeric in brightness.
"A Select Collection of Valuable and Curious Arts and Interesting Experiments," by Various Unknown
Suppose, for instance, we wish to register the colour of gamboge.
"Colour Measurement and Mixture" by W. de W. Abney
Lower parts bright gamboge-yellow, the jugulum and breast with a few very indistinct and mostly concealed streaks of chestnut-rufous.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
Mix the gamboge and flake white with a little warm water, and add the mixture to the gelatine solution.
"Practical Lithography" by Alfred Seymour

In poetry:

The Derby Day sun glittered gaily on cads,
On maidens with gamboge hair,
On sharpers and pickpockets, swindlers and pads,
(For I, with my harp, was there).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Beyond the hills, faint-heard through belts of wood,
Bells, Sabbath-sweet, swooned from some far-off town;
Gamboge and gold, broad sunset colors strewed
The purple west as if, with God imbued,
Her mighty pallet Nature there laid down.
"Rosemary" by Madison Julius Cawein
Beyond the hills, faint-heard through belts of wood,
Bells, Sabbath-sweet, swooned from some far-off town:
Gamboge and gold, broad sunset colors strewed
The purple west as if, with God imbued,
Her mighty palette Nature there laid down.
"The Picture" by Madison Julius Cawein