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 for gamboge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gamboge \Gam*boge"\, n.
     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. [Written also
     camboge.]
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: There are several kinds of gamboge, but all are derived
           from species of Garcinia, a genus of trees of the
           order Guttifer[ae]. 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. Gambogian

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gamboge
      n 1: a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative
      2: a strong yellow color [syn: gamboge, lemon, lemon
         yellow, maize]

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