n. pl. el·e·mis
Any of various oily resins derived from certain tropical trees, especially Canarium luzonicum of the Philippines, and used in making varnishes, inks, and perfumes.
[Ultimately (via New Latin elemi and French èlèmi) from Arabic al-lāmī : al-, the + lāmī, elemi (of unknown origin).]
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