chunam

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

chunam (uncountable)

  1. A type of plaster used in India, made from shell-lime and sand.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘On the City Wall’, In Black and White, Folio Society 2005, p. 429:
      The floor of the room was of polished chunam, white as curds.

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