myrobalan[mī räb′ə lən, mi-]
- any of various trees (genus Terminalia) of a tropical family (Combretaceare, order Myrtales) of dicotyledonous plants
- any of their dried prunelike fruits containing tannin and used for dyeing and tanning
- cherry plum
Origin of myrobalanFrench ; from Classical Latin myrobalanum ; from Classical Greek myrobalanon ; from myron, plant juice (for base see smear + balanos, a nut, acorn: see gland
- See cherry plum.
- A tree (Terminalia chebula) of South Asia, whose fruits are used for tanning leather and in Ayurvedic medicine.
- Any of various other Asian trees with astringent fruits, including Indian gooseberry.
Origin of myrobalanObsolete French mirobolan, from Latin myrobalanum, fragrant oil from seeds of the horseradish tree (Moringa oleifera), from Greek murobalanos : muron, perfume + balanos, acorn.
From Middle French mirabolan, and its source, Latin myrobalanum (“ben nut"), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek Î¼Ï…ÏÎ¿Î²Î¬Î»Î±Î½Î¿Ï‚ (murobalanos), from Î¼ÏÏÎ¿Î½ (muron) + Î²Î¬Î»Î±Î½Î¿Ï‚ (balanos, “acorn; date").