Myro'balan. n.s. [myrobalanus, Latin.] A fruit.
The myrobalans are a dried fruit, of which we have five kinds: they are fleshy, generally with a stone and kernel, having the pulpy part more or less of an austere acrid taste: they are the production of five different trees growing in the East Indies, where they are eaten preserved: they serve also for making and for dressing leather: they have been long in great esteem for their quality of opening the bowels in a gentle manner, and afterwards strengthening them by their astringency; but the present practice rejects them all. Hill.
The myrobalan hath parts of contrary natures; for it is sweet, and yet astringent. Bacon's Nat. Hist. №. 644.