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- n. Plural form of myrobolan.
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I bring them out of a country where the very hogs, God be with us, live on nothing but myrobolans.
Crude or preserved myrobolans were a more important article of commerce in the Middle Ages than now.
As to what he says of cinnamon, and aloes and ginger, incense, myrobolans, sandal woods, I never saw them in this island, at least I did not recognize them; what he says of flax must mean _cabuya_ [364-4] which are leaves like the _cavila_ from which thread is made and cloth or linen can be made from it, but it is more like hemp cloth than linen.
We have also seen some lemon-colored myrobolans; at this season they are all lying under the trees, and have a bitter flavor, arising, I think, from the rottenness occasioned by the moisture of the ground; but the taste of such parts as have remained sound, is that of the genuine myrobolan. [