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 ‎(usually uncountable, plural chunams)

  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.

Verb[edit]

chunam ‎(third-person singular simple present chunams, present participle chunaming, simple past and past participle chunamed)

  1. (transitive) To plaster or waterproof with chunam.
    • The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 8 March 1848
      A PUNT FOR SALE, thirty-four feet long, twelve feet broad, and three feet ten inches deep, chunamed, sheathed, and coppered, carries about fifteen tons.

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