from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various oily resins derived from certain tropical trees, especially Canarium luzonicum of the Philippines, and used in making varnishes and inks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tree, Canarium luzonicum, native to the Philippines.
  • n. A resin harvested from the elemi tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fragrant gum resin obtained chiefly from tropical trees of the genera Amyris and Canarium. Amyris elemifera yields Mexican elemi; Canarium commune, the Manila elemi. It is used in the manufacture of varnishes, also in ointments and plasters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of fragrant resins of various kinds, all of them probably the product of trees belonging to the natural order Burseraceæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fragrant resin obtain from trees of the family Burseraceae and used as incense


Probably ultimately from Arabic al-lāmī : al-, the + lāmī, a resin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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