elemi

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elemi fragrant resin obtain from trees of the family Burseraceae and used as incense
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Elemi A fragrant gum resin obtained chiefly from tropical trees of the genera Amyris and Canarium. Amyris elemifera yields Mexican elemi; Canarium commune, the Manila elemi. It is used in the manufacture of varnishes, also in ointments and plasters.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elemi A name of fragrant resins of various kinds, all of them probably the product of trees belonging to the natural order Burseraceæ. The Oriental or African elemi of the older writers is an exudation from Boswellia Freereana, a tree found in the region south of the gulf of Aden. It is used in the East for chewing, like mastic. The elemi of pharmacy comes chiefly from Manila, and is the product of Canarium commune. It is a stimulant resin, and is used in plasters and ointments. Other sorts are Mexican or Vera Cruz elemi, obtained from species of Bursera; Brazilian elemi, from various species of Protium (Icica); and Mauritius elemi, from Canarium paniculatum.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elemi el′em-i a fragrant resinous substance, obtained from the Manila pitch-tree, Arbol de la Brea
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. élemi, It. elemi, Sp. elemi,; of American or Oriental. origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Fr. élémi, Sp. elemi; perh. Ar.

Usage

In literature:

We made a large fire, thanks to the elemi gum, which burns with such ease.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
Myrrh, frankincense, and the gum-elemi of commerce are among their products.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
***

In news:

Noella Gabriel worked on Elemis behind the scenes in London for a year before it launched in 1990.
***