Definition of myrobalan in English:



  • 1

    another term for purple-leaf plum
  • 2A tropical tree of a characteristic pagoda shape that yields a number of useful items including dye, timber, and medicinal products.

    1. 2.1The fruit of the myrobalan tree, used especially for tanning leather.
      • ‘It consists of three myrobalans or fruits each having the property to regulate each of the respective Tridoshas.’
      • ‘Around 78 000 to 100 000 tonnes of myrobalan nuts are estimated to be produced annually.’
      • ‘The dried fruit is also known as the black myrobalan of ancient commerce and at one time was exported to Europe for the production of ink.’


Late Middle English: from French myrobolan or Latin myrobalanum, from Greek murobalanos, from muron unguent + balanos acorn.