Meaning of kumkum in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʊmkʊm/


mass noun
  • A red pigment used by Hindu women to make a round mark on the forehead.

    ‘I wore a black shirt and dhoti (a wrap-around waist cloth) and applied sandalwood paste and kumkum (red powder) to my forehead.’
    • ‘Women apply kumkum on the foreheads of their sons and husbands and send them to fight battles.’
    • ‘‘Wearing kumkum or sandalwood paste need not be abandoned,’ they said.’
    • ‘In the busy commercial streets of the city you will find huge pumpkins broken to pieces and scattered on the road, some smeared with kumkum.’


From Sanskrit kuṅkuma ‘saffron’.