Definition of elemi in English:

elemi

noun

mass noun
  • An oleoresin obtained from a tropical tree and used in varnishes, ointments, and aromatherapy.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because of its drying and conserving properties, Elemi was one of the aromatics used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming their dead.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

elemi

/ˈɛləmi/