Definition of myrobalan in English:



  • 1

    (also myrobalan plum)
    another term for purple-leaf plum

  • 2A tropical tree of a characteristic pagoda shape, which yields a number of useful items including dye, timber, and medicinal products.

    Genus Terminalia, family Combretaceae: several species, in particular T. chebula

    1. 2.1The fruit of the myrobalan tree, used especially for tanning leather.
      ‘It consists of three myrobalans or fruits each having the property to regulate each of the respective Tridoshas.’
      • ‘The dried fruit is also known as the black myrobalan of ancient commerce and at one time was exported to Europe for the production of ink.’
      • ‘Around 78 000 to 100 000 tonnes of myrobalan nuts are estimated to be produced annually.’



/mīˈräbələn/ /maɪˈrɑbələn/ /məˈräbələn/ /məˈrɑbələn/


Late Middle English from French myrobolan or Latin myrobalanum, from Greek murobalanos, from muron ‘unguent’ + balanos ‘acorn’.