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to·lu

or To·lu balsam  (tə-lo͞o′)
n.
Balsam of Tolu.

[Spanish tolú, after Tolú, a seaport of northwest Colombia.]

tolu

(tɒˈluː)
n
(Elements & Compounds) an aromatic balsam obtained from a South American tree, Myroxylon balsamum. See balsam1
[C17: after Santiago de Tolu, Colombia, from which it was exported]

to•lu

(tɔˈlu, tə-)

n., pl. -lus.
1. Also called tolu′ bal′sam. a fragrant resin obtained from a South American tree, Myroxylonbalsamum, of the legume family: used in cough medicines.
2. the tree itself.
[1665–75; after (Santiago de) Tolú in Colombia, where balsam is obtained]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tolu - aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrupstolu - aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups
Myroxylon balsamum, Myroxylon toluiferum, tolu balsam tree, tolu tree - medium-sized tropical American tree yielding tolu balsam and a fragrant hard wood used for high-grade furniture and cabinetwork
balsam of Peru - dark brown syrupy balsam from the Peruvian balsam tree used especially in dressing wounds and treating certain skin diseases
balsam - any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes
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