One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
More fully "almug tree". A tree mentioned in the Bible (2 Chron. 2:8, 1 Kings 10:11), said to have been brought as timber from Ophir and used for building and making musical instruments.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in The Byble in Englyshe. From Hebrew ălmūg, also (with metathesis, perhaps as scribal error) ălgūm, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Akkadian elammakku, denoting an unidentified tree yielding precious wood; perhaps compare Ugaritic 'lmg, denoting an unidentified tree.
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