myrobalan

myrobalan

[mahy-rob-uh-luhn, mi-]
noun
1.
the dried plumlike fruit of certain tropical trees of the genus Phyllanthus, used in dyeing, tanning, and making ink.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin myrobalanum < Greek myrobálanos kind of fruit, equivalent to mýro(n) balsam + bálanos acorn

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myrobalan (maɪˈrɒbələn, mɪ-)
 
n
1.  the dried plumlike fruit of various tropical trees of the genus Terminalia, used in dyeing, tanning, ink, and medicine
2.  a dye extracted from this fruit
3.  another name for cherry plum
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek murobalanos, from muron ointment + balanos acorn]

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