malabathrum

noun
mal·​a·​bath·​rum | \ ˌmaləˈbathrəm \
plural -s

Definition of malabathrum

1 : the leaf of a plant (Cinnamomum malabathrum) used especially in making a perfumed ointment
2 : an ointment prepared from malabathrum

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History and Etymology for 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

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“Malabathrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malabathrum. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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