One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for balsam poplar
- ‘This poplar is closely related to, and sometimes considered a variety of, the balsam poplar (P. tacamahaca), which has also been called balm of Gilead and tacamahac.’
Late 16th century (originally denoting the aromatic resin of Bursera simaruba: see elemi): from obsolete Spanish tacamahaca, from Aztec tecomahiyac.
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