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  1. acorn cups of an Old World oak, Quercus macrolepis (or Q. aegilops), used in tanning, dyeing, and making ink.

Origin of valonia

1715–25; < Italian vallonia < Modern Greek balánia, plural of baláni acorn
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Examples from the Web for valonia

Historical Examples

  • There are several grades of valonia, the best going to Russia, Austria, and Italy.


    K. J. Adcock

  • Oak bark and valonia contain some of the properties of both classes of tannins.


    K. J. Adcock

  • Greek valonia is greyer in colour, and contains 26 % to 30 % of tannin.

  • Greek valonia is obtained from many parts of the Archipelago and mainland.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • Valonia was first used in England about the beginning of this century.

British Dictionary definitions for valonia


  1. the acorn cups and unripe acorns of the Eurasian oak Quercus aegilops, used in tanning, dyeing, and making ink

Word Origin

C18: from Italian vallonia, ultimately from Greek balanos acorn
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