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1. See cherry plum.
2. A tree (Terminalia chebula) of South Asia, whose fruits are used for tanning leather and in Ayurvedic medicine.
3. Any of various other Asian trees with astringent fruits, including Indian gooseberry.
[Obsolete 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.]
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1. (Plants) the dried plumlike fruit of various tropical trees of the genus Terminalia, used in dyeing, tanning, ink, and medicine
2. (Dyeing) a dye extracted from this fruit
3. (Plants) another name for cherry plum
[C16: via Latin from Greek murobalanos, from muron ointment + balanos acorn]
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my•rob•a•lan(maɪˈrɒb ə lən, mɪ-)
1. the dried plumlike fruit of certain trees belonging to the tropical genus Terminalia, of the spurge family: used in dyeing, tanning, and making ink.
2. cherry plum.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin myrobalanum < Greek myrobálanos kind of fruit =mýro(n) balsam + bálanos acorn]
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