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n. pl. gum·bo-lim·bos
An aromatic, resinous, tropical American tree (Bursera simaruba) having compound leaves and small white flowers, often planted as an ornamental.
[Perhaps gumbo + limbo (possibly of Bantu origin; akin to Kongo -dimbo, birdlime).]
n., pl. -lim•bos.
a tropical American tree, Bursera simaruba, of the bursera family, yielding an aromatic resin used in varnishes.
[1830–40, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]
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|Noun||1.||gumbo-limbo - tropical American tree yielding a reddish resin used in cements and varnishes|
incense tree - any of various tropical trees of the family Burseraceae yielding fragrant gums or resins that are burned as incense