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tolu

[taw-loo, tuh-]
noun
  1. Also called tolu balsam, balsam of tolu, tolu resin. a fragrant, yellowish-brown balsam or resin obtained from a South American leguminous tree, Myroxylon balsamum, and used in medicine as a stomachic and expectorant, and in perfumery.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of tolu

First recorded in 1665–75; after Tolú (now Santiago de Tolú) in Colombia, where balsam is obtained
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tolu

noun
  1. an aromatic balsam obtained from a South American tree, Myroxylon balsamumSee balsam (def. 1)
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Word Origin for tolu

C17: after Santiago de Tolu, Colombia, from which it was exported
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