myrobalan

noun

my·​rob·​a·​lan
mīˈräbələn,
mə̇ˈ-
variants or less commonly myrobalam
-ləm
or myrabolam
-rabələm
or myrabolan
-lən
or myrobolan
-räbələn
plural -s
1
a
: the dried astringent fruit of any of several East Indian trees of the genus Terminalia (as T. chebula and T. bellerica) used chiefly in tanning and in inks
b
: a tree producing myrobalans
2

Word History

Etymology

Middle French mirobolan, mirabolan, from Latin myrobalanus, myrobalanum, from Greek myrobalanos, from myron unguent, perfume + balanos acorn

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“Myrobalan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myrobalan. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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