noun mal·a·bath·rum \ˌmaləˈbathrəm\

Definition of malabathrum



  1. 1 :  the leaf of a plant (Cinnamomum malabathrum) used especially in making a perfumed ointment

  2. 2 :  an ointment prepared from malabathrum

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Origin and Etymology of malabathrum

Latin malabathrum, malobathrum, from Greek malabathron, modification of Sanskrit tamālapattra garcinia leaf, from tamāla garcinia (perhaps from tamas darkness) + pattra leaf, wing, feather; akin to Sanskrit patati he flies — more at temerity, feather

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