Tolu balsam

tolu

[taw-loo, tuh-]
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:
1665–75; after Tolú (now Santiago de Tolú) in Colombia, where balsam is obtained

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tolu (tɒˈluː)
 
n
See balsam an aromatic balsam obtained from a South American tree, Myroxylon balsamum
 
[C17: after Santiago de Tolu, Colombia, from which it was exported]

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