One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various substances exuded by certain trees and shrubs, especially an aromatic resin or gum exuded in small drops; material of this kind. In later use: specifically the exuded sap of a vine (Vitis species), used medicinally. Now rare.
Early 17th century. From (i) Middle French, French † lachryma exudation of juice or gum from plants (1596 in the passage translated in quot. 1601, or earlier; with the sense ‘tear’, compare Old French, Middle French (rare) lacrime).
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