One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian evergreen tree of the magnolia family, bearing fragrant orange flowers and sacred to Hindus and Buddhists.
- ‘No garden is complete in India without its champak tree’
- ‘The champak odors fail like sweet thoughts in a dream’
- ‘The legendary champak, a member of the magnolia family, is a native of the temperate Himalayan region.’
- ‘He planted peltophorum in many roads and an avenue with champaks in Malleshwaram and called it Sampige Road.’
- ‘And she carried in her hand a champak flower; and she came up to the King, perfuming the air, and said: O King, my mistress sends her lord, by these unworthy hands, a flower, and if he has enjoyed good repose, it is well with her.’
From Sanskrit campaka.
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