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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.

Nearby words

myrmecophagous, myrmecophile, myrmecophily, myrmidon, myrna, myrobalan, myron, myrrh, myrrha, myrtaceous, myrtle

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 for myrobalan

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