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[mahy-rob-uh-luh n, mi-]
  1. the dried plumlike fruit of certain tropical trees of the genus Phyllanthus, used in dyeing, tanning, and making ink.
  2. cherry plum.
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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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Historical Examples of myrobalan

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for myrobalan


  1. the dried plumlike fruit of various tropical trees of the genus Terminalia, used in dyeing, tanning, ink, and medicine
  2. a dye extracted from this fruit
  3. another name for cherry plum
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Word Origin for myrobalan

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