myrobalan

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French mirabolan, and its source, Latin myrobalanum (ben nut), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μυροβάλανος (murobalanos), from μύρον (muron) + βάλανος (balanos, acorn; date).

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myrobalan (plural myrobalans)

  1. A plum-like fruit from various trees of the genus Terminalia, formerly used in medicine and now in the dyeing industry; also, the tree itself.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.4.1.ii:
      turbith, agaric, myrobolanes, hermodactyls, from the East Indies, tobacco from the West [...].
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