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

  • n. See cherry plum.
  • n. See Indian almond.
  • n. The fruit of either of these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plum-like fruit from various trees of the genus Terminalia, formerly used in medicine and now in the dyeing industry; also, the tree itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dried astringent fruit much resembling a prune. It contains tannin, and was formerly used in medicine, but is now chiefly used in tanning and dyeing. Myrobolans are produced by various species of Terminalia of the East Indies, and of Spondias of South America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dried drupaceous fruit of several species of Terminalia, chiefly T. Bellerica and T. Chebula.

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

  • n. small Asiatic tree bearing edible red or yellow fruit

Etymologies

Obsolete French mirobolan, from Latin myrobalanum, fragrant oil from seeds of the horseradish tree (Moringa oleifera), from Greek murobalanos : muron, perfume + balanos, acorn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French mirabolan, and its source, Latin myrobalanum ("ben nut"), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μυροβάλανος, from μύρον + βάλανος ("acorn; date"). (Wiktionary)

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