tacamahac

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tacamahac poplar of northeastern North America with broad heart-shaped leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tacamahac A bitter balsamic resin obtained from tropical American trees of the genus Elaphrium Elaphrium tomentosum and Elaphrium Tacamahaca), and also from East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum; also, the resinous exhudation of the balsam poplar.
    • Tacamahac (Bot) Any tree yielding tacamahac resin, especially, in North America, the balsam poplar, or balm of Gilead (Populus balsamifera).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tacamahac A gum-resin, the product of several trees, originally that of one or more South American species. The most important tacamahac is derived from Calophyllum Inophyllum, of the East Indies, Polynesia, etc. (see tamanu), of which the C. Tacamahaca of Madagascar and the isle of Bourbon is a variety. The resin is of a greenish-yellow color, liquid at first, but hardening into a brittle aromatic mass soluble in alcohol and ether. It exudes spontaneously or through incisions from the bark and roots. A similar gum is afforded by C. Calaba in the West Indies. The South American tacamahac is the product of Bursera (Elaphrium) tomentosa and B. excelsa, of Protium(Icica) heptaphyllum, and perhaps of some other trees. The buds of Populus balsamifera (see def. 2) are varnished with a resin which may be included under this name, occasionally used in the place of turpentine and other balsams. Tacamahac is sometimes used for incense, was formerly an esteemed internal remedy, and may still be somewhat used in plasters, but is very little in the market. In this sense often tacamahaca.
    • n tacamahac The balsam poplar, Populus balsamifera, found from the northern borders of the United States to Alaska: in the variety candicans known as balm of Gilead, and common in cultivation. It is a large broad-leaved poplar with fragrant buds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tacamahac tak′a-ma-hak a gum-resin yielded by several tropical trees.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
South American.

Usage

In literature:

Nearly a world tree is this poplar, which in some one of its variable forms is called also tacamahac, and balsam poplar as well.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
The balsam poplar is the balm of Gilead of the early settlers, the Tacamahac of the Northern Indians.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
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