agalloch

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek ἀγάλοχον (agálokhon), ultimately from a Dravidian language, probably Tamil அகில் (akil).[1]

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agalloch (uncountable)

  1. The soft, aromatic, resinous wood of Aquilaria malaccensis (formerly Aquilaria agallocha).

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  1. ^ Shulman, David (2016) Tamil: A biography, Harvard University Press, pages 19-20:
    We have ahalim [in Hebrew], probably derived directly from Tamil akil rather than from Sanskrit aguru, itself a loan from the Tamil (Numbers 24.8; Proverbs 7.17; Song of Songs 4.14; Psalms 45.9--the latter two instances with the feminine plural form ahalot. Akil is, we think, native to South India, and it is thus not surprising that the word was borrowed by cultures that imported this plant.

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