myrobalan

[ mahy-rob-uh-luhn, mi- ]
/ maɪˈrɒb ə lən, mɪ- /

noun

the dried plumlike fruit of certain tropical trees of the genus Phyllanthus, used in dyeing, tanning, and making ink.

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Origin of myrobalan

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin myrobalanum<Greek myrobálanos kind of fruit, equivalent to mýro(n) balsam + bálanos acorn
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British Dictionary definitions for myrobalan

myrobalan
/ (maɪˈrɒbələn, mɪ-) /

noun

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 for myrobalan

C16: via Latin from Greek murobalanos, from muron ointment + balanos acorn
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