A fragrant gum resin obtained chiefly tropical trees of the genera Amyris and Canarium. A. Elemifera yields Mexican elemi; C. Commune, the Manila elemi. It is used in the manufacture of varnishes, also in ointments and plasters.

Origin: Cf. F. Elemi, It. Elemi, Sp. Elemi; of American or Oriental. Origin.

(01 Mar 1998)

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