• WordNet 3.6
    • n tolu aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tolu A fragrant balsam said to have been first brought from Santiago de Tolu, in New Granada. See Balsam of Tolu, under Balsam.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tolu A balsam obtained from incisions through the bark of Myroxylon Toluifera, an evergreen tree 60 or 80 feet high, found in the uplands of the United States of Colombia. It is a semifluid substance, becoming at length hard and brittle, of properties like those of the balsam of Peru, but less decided. It is somewhat used in medicine. and much more in perfumery, for burning pastilles. More fully named balsam of tolu.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tolu tō′lū Tolu balsam, yielded by Myroxylon Toluifera, a native of Venezuela, Ecuador, and Brazil, employed in medicine and perfumery
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Santiago de Tolu in Columbia.


In literature:

This servant's name was Tolu, and as he spoke English fairly well, I soon learned a great deal about Ratu Lala and his people.
"Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines" by H. Wilfrid Walker
Take of tincture of tolu, two drachms; spermaceti ointment, half an ounce; powdered gum, two drachms.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Either myrrh, benzoin, storax, or tolu, answer equally well.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
Cattle products, and balsam of tolu are purchased mainly in the United States.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Tolu one oz., Spirits Camphor one drm., Tinct.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Those found in commerce are the balsam of Peru, balsam of Tolu, liquid storax and liquidambar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Tincture of tolu One drachm.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
In 1850, Giovanni Tolu married the niece of the priest's housekeeper.
"Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
Balsam of Tolu, 1 tea-spoonful.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
You may try a strong ethereal or alcoholic solution of benzoin, tolu, storax, olibanum or labdanum.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various

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Alythia Scully, Eric Peixato, Tolu Ekisola, Allee Schaffer, and Natalie Thoresen.