Definition of elemi in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛləmi


[mass noun]
An oleoresin obtained from a tropical tree and used in varnishes, ointments, and aromatherapy.
  • This resin is obtained from several trees in the family Burseraceae, in particular Bursera simaruba (producing American elemi) and Canarium luzanicum (producing Manila elemi)
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  • Because of its drying and conserving properties, Elemi was one of the aromatics used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming their dead.
  • Ethyl alcohol is a comparatively poor solvent for elemi, but some perfumers prefer to extract only once with one or two parts of ethyl alcohol.


mid 16th century: perhaps from Arabic al-lāmī.

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