Definition of elemi
: any of various fragrant oleoresins from tropical trees (family Burseraceae) used chiefly in varnishes, lacquers, and printing inks
Origin and Etymology of elemi
New Latin elimi, probably from Arabic al lāmi the elemi
First Known Use: 1543
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