myrobalan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n myrobalan small Asiatic tree bearing edible red or yellow fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Myrobalan A dried astringent fruit much resembling a prune. It contains tannin, and was formerly used in medicine, but is now chiefly used in tanning and dyeing. Myrobolans are produced by various species of Terminalia of the East Indies, and of Spondias of South America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n myrobalan The dried drupaceous fruit of several species of Terminalia, chiefly T. Bellerica and T. Chebula. On account of their astringent pulp, these fruits were formerly in great repute as a remedy for diarrhea, etc., but they are now used only, unless in the East, for dyeing and tanning. The Indian or citrine myrobalan, also called hara-nut, is the product of T. citrina, but the other kinds are also Indian. The so-called emblic myrobalans are from an unrelated tree, Phyllanthus Emblica. See Phyllanthus, belleric, hara-nut, ink-nut, and Terminalia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Myrobalan mī-rob′a-lan the astringent fruit of certain Indian mountain species of Terminalia.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. myrobalanum, the fruit of a palm tree from which a balsam was made, Gr. myroba`lanos; my`ron any sweet juice distilling from plants, any prepared unguent or sweet oil + ba`lanos an acorn or any similar fruit: cf. F. myrobolan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. myron, an unguent, balanos, a corn.

Usage

In literature:

They were brimful of myrobalan, bdellium, saffron, and violets.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
Purge gently with cassia, rhubarb, senna and myrobalan.
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
Myrobalans fetch in the Bombay market 8s.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
In the North the larger part of the Plum stocks are grown on the Myrobalan Plum roots.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
The stock most used is the ordinary Myrobalan plum.
"Dwarf Fruit Trees" by F. A. Waugh
I have torn at my will old myrobalans, green as lotus leaves, and sweet as grapes.
"The Kadambari of Bana" by Bana
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