Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Probably ultimately from Arabic al-lāmī : al-, the + lāmī, a resin.]

Examples

  • I love the interplay of the sweeter ginger and sharper, more fiery coriander in the beginning, and the way spices enliven the dry resinousness of cedar and elemi.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • I love the interplay of the sweeter ginger and sharper, more fiery coriander in the beginning, and the way spices enliven the dry resinousness of cedar and elemi.

    L'Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo Pour Homme

  • Created by Sophie Labbé, the fragrance is a blend of ginger, coriander, elemi, vetiver, cedar, labdanum and tonka bean.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Created by Sophie Labbé, the fragrance is a blend of ginger, coriander, elemi, vetiver, cedar, labdanum and tonka bean.

    L'Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo Pour Homme

  • And lately I am really into combining frankincense and elemi.

    Mental Notes: SmellyBlog's Take On Parfum de Jour

  • Notes from Luckyscent: cedar, teak, sandalwood from Mysore, Sri Lankan pepper, elemi and cardamom, musk, rock rose and benzoin.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Notes from Luckyscent: cedar, teak, sandalwood from Mysore, Sri Lankan pepper, elemi and cardamom, musk, rock rose and benzoin.

    Out on the Misty Moors: Montale Greyland

  • These forests are also considered broad-leaf hardwoods that grow on limestone soil and include some of dominant tree species such as maderia or Caribbean Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), and Gum-elemi or gum-limbo (Bursera simaruba).

    Bahamian dry forests

  • It includes, besides hyacinths, sweet neroli, an abundance of the ethereal rosewood essence, light and airy lavender oil, elemi, sandalwood, myrrh and frankincense.

    Requiem to the Zodiac Perfumes

  • It includes, besides hyacinths, sweet neroli, an abundance of the ethereal rosewood essence, light and airy lavender oil, elemi, sandalwood, myrrh and frankincense.

    Archive 2007-02-01

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