Sebesten

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sebesten (Bot) The mucilaginous drupaceous fruit of two East Indian trees (Cordia Myxa, and Cordia latifolia), sometimes used medicinally in pectoral diseases.☞ In the West Indies the name is given to the similar fruit of Cordia Sebestana.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sebesten A tree of the genus Cordia; also, its plum-like fruit. There are two species. C. Myxa, the more important, is found from Egypt to India and tropical Australia; the other is the East Indian C. obliqua (C latifolia). In the East their dried fruit is used medicinally for its demulcent properties; it was formerly so used in Europe. In India the natives pickle the fresh fruit. Also called Assyrian or sebesten plum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sebesten sē-bes′ten a tree with plum-like fruit
    • Sebesten Also Sebes′tan
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. sebestān, the tree: cf. Sp. sebesten,