Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Dipterocarpus alatus, a very large tree of the East Indies and Philippine islands, the wood of which is used for house-building and canoes. This and other species furnish an oleoresin known as wood-oil or gurjun balsam, which is used as a substitute for balsam of copaiba, as a varnish and an ingredient in the coarser kinds of paint, as a substitute for tar in pitching boats, and for preserving timber from the attack of the white ant. As a medicine it is used in gonorrhea, and as an excitant in salves for inveterate ulcers.
- n. A major commercial timber species in the genus Dipterocarpus.
- n. A thin balsam or wood oil derived from this tree, used in medicine and as a substitute for linseed oil in paint.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A thin balsam or wood oil derived from the Diptcrocarpus lævis, an East Indian tree. It is used in medicine, and as a substitute for linseed oil in the coarser kinds of paint.
“-- This tree yields an oleo resin, used in medicine and known under the name of _bálsamo de gurjun_.”
“The first to recommend the use of gurjun as a substitute for copaiba was Sir W. O'Shaughnessy in”
“Chaulmoogra oil and gurjun oil internally and externally are in some instances of service.”
“A large wooden box of presents from English friends, had been unshipped with the gurjun oil.”
“_Dipterocarpus turbinatus, _ gurjun or wood-oil tree.p. 349”
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