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elemi

[el-uh-mee]
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noun, plural el·e·mis.
  1. any of various fragrant resins from certain trees, especially Canarium commune, used chiefly in the manufacture of varnishes, lacquers, ointments, and in perfumery.

Origin of elemi

1535–45; short for gum elemi < New Latin gummi elimī; compare Arabic allāmī the elemi
Also called gum elemi.
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elemi

noun plural -mis
  1. 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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