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tolu

[taw-loo, tuh-] /tɔˈlu, tə-/
noun
1.
Also called tolu balsam, balsam of tolu, tolu resin. a fragrant, yellowish-brown balsam or resin obtained from a South American leguminous tree, Myroxylon balsamum, and used in medicine as a stomachic and expectorant, and in perfumery.
2.
the tree itself.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; after Tolú (now Santiago de Tolú) in Colombia, where balsam is obtained
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tolu

/tɒˈluː/
noun
1.
an aromatic balsam obtained from a South American tree, Myroxylon balsamum See balsam (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: after Santiago de Tolu, Colombia, from which it was exported
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