A small Eurasian ornamental tree (Prunus mahaleb) of the rose family, having white flowers and small black drupes, each with a single whitish or buff-colored seed. The seeds are ground and used to flavor breads, pastries, and cheese in Middle Eastern cuisine.
[Arabic maḥlab, from ḥalaba, to milk; see x̣lb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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