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- n. Any of several tropical trees whose nuts yield a fat having similar properties to cocoa butter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as illupi. This name properly belongs to Madhuca longifolia of southern India, but when the more northern mahwa-tree, M. Indica, is found in the same region, the same name is applied by the Tamils to both species.
Among the former are fats purified from a number of tropical nuts palm, shea, illipe, sal; among the latter are “lauric fats” derived from coconut and palm oils.