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- n. A type of tree, Michelia champaca, found in Asia
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See champak.
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I presently reached a glade in a thicket, about eight yards across, that had a scent of lime and orange, where the just-sufficient twilight enabled me to see some old bones, three skulls, and the edge of a tam-tam peeping from a tuft of wild corn with corn-flowers, and here and there some golden champac, and all about a profusion of musk-roses.
And now, as to that blossomy peach-scent -- even while some floes were yet around me -- I was just like some fantastic mariner, who, having set out to search for Eden and the Blessed Islands, finds them, and balmy gales from their gardens come out, while he is yet afar, to meet him with their perfumes of almond and champac, cornel and jasmin and lotus.
And the persistent jungle, ever encroaching on space, had out-posts of champac and wild mango, their giant roots, like the arms of an octopus, holding anchorage in clefts of the rock.
The atmosphere of the wiharas and temples is rendered oppressive with the perfume of champac and jessamine, and the shrine of the deity, the pedestals of his image, and the steps leading to the temple are strewn thickly with blossoms of the nagaha and the lotus.
From the wood of the champac the images of Buddha are carved for the temples.
The pippul had been before assumed by the first recorded Buddha; others had the iron-tree, the champac, the nipa, &c.
English has champac ` tree 'instead of campak, gharry