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[el-uh-mee] /ˈɛl ə mi/
noun, plural elemis.
any of various fragrant resins from certain trees, especially Canarium commune, used chiefly in the manufacture of varnishes, lacquers, ointments, and in perfumery.
Also called gum elemi.
Origin of elemi
1535-45; short for gum elemi < New Latin gummi elimī; compare Arabic allāmī the elemi Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mis
any of various fragrant resins obtained from tropical trees, esp trees of the family Burseraceae: used in making varnishes, ointments, inks, etc
Word Origin
C16: via Spanish from Arabic al-lāmi the elemi
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