[ taw-loo, tuh- ]
/ tɔˈlu, tə- /


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.
the tree itself.

Origin of tolu

First recorded in 1665–75; after Tolú (now Santiago de Tolú) in Colombia, where balsam is obtained Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tolu

/ (tɒˈluː) /


an aromatic balsam obtained from a South American tree, Myroxylon balsamumSee balsam (def. 1)

Word Origin for tolu

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