from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Asian tree (Mallotus philippinensis) that bears a hairy capsular fruit.
  • n. A vermifugal powder obtained from the capsules of this tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The red dusty hairs of the capsules of an East Indian tree (Mallotus Philippinensis) used for dyeing silk. It is violently emetic, and is used in the treatment of tapeworm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See kamila.


Sanskrit kamalam, lotus, pale red, probably of Dravidian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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