- 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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Examples from the Web for elemi
The elemi of the shops is often adulterated, but more frequently a factitious kind is sold for the genuine gum.
We made a large fire, thanks to the elemi gum, which burns with such ease.Adventures in the Philippine Islands
Paul P. de La Gironire
Powder the elemi, and dissolve it in the solvent, using gentle heat.The Art and Practice of Silver Printing
H. P. Robinson
In this state they should be dressed with a little resin cerate or elemi ointment.
The incised trunk exudes a gum-resin called brea blanca (white pitch) in the Philippines and elemi in Europe.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
- any of various fragrant resins obtained from tropical trees, esp trees of the family Burseraceae: used in making varnishes, ointments, inks, etc
C16: via Spanish from Arabic al-lāmi the elemi
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