myrobalan

[ mahy-rob-uh-luhn, mi- ]

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

Origin of myrobalan

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin myrobalanum<Greek myrobálanos kind of fruit, equivalent to mýro(n) balsam + bálanos acorn

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How to use myrobalan in a sentence

  • The quality of myrobalan nuts varies in different districts, the best being Bhimlies and Jubbalpores.

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

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

  • This is simply because the myrobalan stock is commoner and cheaper.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees | F. A. Waugh

British Dictionary definitions for myrobalan

myrobalan

/ (maɪˈrɒbələn, mɪ-) /


noun
  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

  1. another name for cherry plum

Origin of myrobalan

1
C16: via Latin from Greek murobalanos, from muron ointment + balanos acorn

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