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A large fir tree, Abies religiosa, found at high altitudes in Mexico, and used in carpentry and as a source of turpentine and balsamic medicinal oil. More fully "oyamel fir".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Albert S. Evans (1831–1872). From Mexican Spanish oyamel from Nahuatl oyametl fir tree.
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