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From Middle French mirabolan, and its source, Latin myrobalanum (“ben nut”), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μυροβάλανος (murobalanos), from μύρον (muron) + βάλανος (balanos, “acorn; date”).
myrobalan (plural myrobalans)
- 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 [...].