Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the East Indies, prepared lime.
  • noun A common name for plaster of quicklime and sand, the finest kinds of which are susceptible of a very high polish.
  • noun A weight for gold in northern India, equal to 6 troy grains.
  • To plaster with chunam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun India Quicklime; also, plaster or mortar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of plaster used in India, made from shell-lime and sand.

Etymologies

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From Tamil சுண்ணம் (cuṇṇam, "lime, ground mortar"), from Sanskrit चूर्ण (cūrṇa, "powder; lime").

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