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
Created by Sophie Labbé, the fragrance is a blend of ginger, coriander, elemi, vetiver, cedar, labdanum and tonka bean.
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.
And lately I am really into combining frankincense and elemi.
Notes from Luckyscent: cedar, teak, sandalwood from Mysore, Sri Lankan pepper, elemi and cardamom, musk, rock rose and benzoin.
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).
It includes, besides hyacinths, sweet neroli, an abundance of the ethereal rosewood essence, light and airy lavender oil, elemi, sandalwood, myrrh and frankincense.
The scent starts pleasantly sharp, with a spicy, almost clove-like and at the same time balsamic accord of bergamot, bay and elemi.
The following is a varnish for iron and steel given by a recognized authority: 5 parts of camphor and elemi, 15 parts of sandarach, and
The trees, likewise, which afford gummi elemi, grow here in great abundance; as doth radix Chinæ, or China root: yet this is not so good as that of other parts of the western world.
The incised trunk exudes a gum-resin called _brea blanca_ (white pitch) in the Philippines and _elemi_ in Europe.