Definition of Panchama Bandham in English:

Panchama Bandham

(also Panchum Bandum)

noun

historical
  • In South India: the fifth and lowest division of society, outside the four brahminic divisions, and now comprising the scheduled castes; (collectively) the members of this class, pariahs, untouchables.

Origin

Early 19th century. From Tamil pañcamapantam and its etymon late Sanskrit pañcama-bandha fifth caste (from Sanskrit pañcama + bandha bondage from bandh-), a South Indian (probably Jain) variant of Sanskrit pañcamā jāti, lit. ‘fifth birth’.

Pronunciation

Panchama Bandham

/ˌpantʃəmə ˈbandəm/