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[mahy-rob-uh-luh n, mi-] /maɪˈrɒb ə lən, mɪ-/
the dried plumlike fruit of certain tropical trees of the genus Phyllanthus, used in dyeing, tanning, and making ink.
Origin of myrobalan
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin myrobalanum < Greek myrobálanos kind of fruit, equivalent to mýro(n) balsam + bálanos acorn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is simply because the myrobalan stock is commoner and cheaper.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees F. A. Waugh
  • They were brimful of myrobalan, bdellium, saffron, and violets.

    Salammbo Gustave Flaubert
  • Hedges of damsons or the myrobalan (the cherry plum) serve as shelters from the wind and grow rapidly.

  • myrobalan, mī-rob′a-lan, n. the astringent fruit of certain Indian mountain species of Terminalia.

  • In all the old books it is said that dwarf plum trees are secured by working on myrobalan stocks.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees F. A. Waugh
  • The quality of myrobalan nuts varies in different districts, the best being Bhimlies and Jubbalpores.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
British Dictionary definitions for myrobalan


/maɪˈrɒbələn; mɪ-/
the dried plumlike fruit of various tropical trees of the genus Terminalia, used in dyeing, tanning, ink, and medicine
a dye extracted from this fruit
another name for cherry plum
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek murobalanos, from muron ointment + balanos acorn
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