elemis

elemi

[el-uh-mee]
noun, plural elemis.
any of various fragrant resins from certain trees, especially Canarium commune, used chiefly in the manufacture of varnishes, lacquers, ointments, and in perfumery.
Also called gum elemi.


Origin:
1535–45; short for gum elemi < Neo-Latin gummi elimī; compare Arabic allāmī the elemi

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elemi (ˈɛlɪmɪ)
 
n , pl -mis
any of various fragrant resins obtained from tropical trees, esp trees of the family Burseraceae: used in making varnishes, ointments, inks, etc
 
[C16: via Spanish from Arabic al-lāmi the elemi]

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