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  1. any of several resinous substances, used in incenses, ointments, etc.
  2. any tree, as of the genera Bursera and Populus, yielding such a product.
  3. balsam poplar.
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Also tac·a·ma·hac·a [tak-uh-muh-hak-uh] /ˌtæk ə məˈhæk ə/, tacmahack.

Origin of tacamahac

1570–80; < Mexican Spanish tecama(ha)ca < Nahuatl tecamac resin used in medicine
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Historical Examples of tacamahac

  • The camp had been placed under a beautiful tree—the tacamahac, or balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera).

    The Young Voyageurs

    Mayne Reid

  • The camp had been placed under a beautiful tree—the tacamahac, or balsam poplar.

  • Tacamahac, tak′a-ma-hak, n. a gum-resin yielded by several tropical trees.

  • Nearly a world tree is this poplar, which in some one of its variable forms is called also tacamahac, and balsam poplar as well.

British Dictionary definitions for tacamahac



  1. any of several strong-smelling resinous gums obtained from certain trees, used in making ointments, incense, etc
  2. any tree yielding this resin, esp the balsam poplar
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Word Origin for tacamahac

C16: from Spanish tacamahaca, from Nahuatl tecomahca aromatic resin
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