salai

noun
sa·​lai | \ səˈlī, ˈsaˌlī \
variants: or less commonly salai tree
plural -s

Definition of salai

: an East Indian tree (Boswellia serrata) yielding resin that is used as an incense and as a medicine

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History and Etymology for salai

Hindi śallak, sallak, from Sanskrit śallakī

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“Salai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salai. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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