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

  • noun A tree (Terminalia chebula) of South Asia, whose fruits are used for tanning leather and in Ayurvedic medicine.
  • noun Any of various other Asian trees with astringent fruits, including Indian gooseberry.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small Asiatic tree bearing edible red or yellow fruit


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

[Obsolete French mirobolan, from Latin myrobalanum, fragrant oil from seeds of the horseradish tree (Moringa oleifera), from Greek murobalanos : muron, perfume + balanos, acorn.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French mirabolan, and its source, Latin myrobalanum ("ben nut"), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μυροβάλανος, from μύρον + βάλανος ("acorn; date").



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