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  • n. Butea monosperma, a tree of southern Asia.
  • n. An Indian percussion instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A handsome leguminous tree of India, Butea frondosa, the wood, leaves, and flowers of which are used in religious ceremonies. SeeButea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. East Indian tree bearing a profusion of intense vermilion velvet-textured blooms and yielding a yellow dye


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  • Ritual drummers – dhakis, carrying large leather-strung dhak –– show off their skills during ritual dance worships called aarati.

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  • The Tejpal Pujo has a beautifully decorated idol with an Arati carried out in the midst of playing of the dhak.

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  • He had been accustomed in India to a big receipt of letters -- a big dhak, as he called it, using the Hindustani word -- now he received no letters at all; and he told Rosalie that when you are in the habit of getting a regular daily post, its gradual falling off and then its complete cessation is one of the most melancholy things that can befall a man.

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  • The coral, the silk-cotton and the _dhak_ are resplendent with red foliage.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • In the packet was the half of a broken glass-bangle, one flower of the blood-red _dhak_, a pinch of _bhusa_ or cattle-food, and eleven cardamoms.

    Indian Tales

  • When he comes back wait for me in the ravine by the dhak tree in the center of the plain.

    The Jungle Book

  • His long-suffering hosts smiled and made him welcome, and when he paused to admire, with pretty picked words, the blossom of the blood-red dhak-tree that had flowered untimely for a sign of what was coming, they smiled more than ever.

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  • It was at twilight when he saw the well-remembered grazing-grounds, and the dhak-tree where Gray Brother had waited for him on the morning that he killed Shere Khan.

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  • The message ran then: -- "A widow dhak flower and bhusa -- at eleven o'clock."

    Plain Tales from the Hills

  • In the packet was the half of a broken glass bangle, one flower of the blood red dhak, a pinch of bhusa or cattle-food, and eleven cardamoms.

    Plain Tales from the Hills


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