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  • noun Alternative form of myrobalan.


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  • [311-2] The myrobolan is an East Indian fruit with a stone, of the prune genus.

    The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503 Various 1884

  • We have also seen some lemon-colored myrobolans; at this season they are all lying under the trees, and have a bitter flavor, arising, I think, from the rottenness occasioned by the moisture of the ground; but the taste of such parts as have remained sound, is that of the genuine myrobolan. [

    The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503 Various 1884


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  • "Both copies include two pictures of apothecary shops.... A few aromatic botanicals are displayed, such as mastic, myrrh, mace, and Indian dried plums called 'myrobolans,' but the illustrator, the great French illuminator Robinet Testard, has here emphasized remedies with more shape, color, and visual drama, things like coral, cuttlefish cartilage, green vitriol (ferrous sulfate), pearls, azurite, glass, and solidified lynx urine (pierre de lynx, thought to be related to amber). Mummy is depicted in its bulk or 'wholesale' form, an entire corpse reposing in its opened coffin."

    Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2008), 65. 

    See also aloe wood.

    November 28, 2017