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to·luor To·lu balsam (tə-lo͞o′)
Balsam of Tolu.
[Spanish tolú, after Tolú, a seaport of northwest Colombia.]
(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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||tolu - 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