elemi

noun
el·​e·​mi | \ ˈe-lə-mē How to pronounce elemi (audio) \

Definition of elemi

: any of various fragrant oleoresins from tropical trees (family Burseraceae) used chiefly in varnishes, lacquers, and printing inks

First Known Use of elemi

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elemi

New Latin elimi, probably from Arabic al lāmi the elemi

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“Elemi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elemi. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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