- 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 ; see myristic acid. 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").