- any of several resinous substances, used in incenses, ointments, etc.
- any tree, as of the genera Bursera and Populus, yielding such a product.
- balsam poplar.
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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Examples from the Web for tacamahac
The camp had been placed under a beautiful tree—the tacamahac, or balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera).The Young Voyageurs
The camp had been placed under a beautiful tree—the tacamahac, or balsam poplar.Popular Adventure Tales
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.Getting Acquainted with the Trees
J. Horace McFarland
- any of several strong-smelling resinous gums obtained from certain trees, used in making ointments, incense, etc
- any tree yielding this resin, esp the balsam poplar
C16: from Spanish tacamahaca, from Nahuatl tecomahca aromatic resin