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Myrobalans, the astringent drupaceous fruits of various species of Terminalia and Eniblica, imported from India for tanning and calico printing. Terminalia is a genus of trees belonging to the calvcifloral order Combretaceos, the chief species employed being 2. Chebida, the Chebulic, T. citrina, the Citrine, and T. Bellerica, the Bedda nut, Belleric or bastard myrobalans. The immature or unripe fruits are known as black myrobalans. Eniblica officinalis, the source of Emblic myrobalans, is an entirely distinct, plant, being a large tree, the only species of a genus of Euphorbiaoeae. In India its bark is also used in tanning. Myrobalans yield permanent black and yellow dyes, valuable to the calico-printer. India now exports 8,000 or 9,000 tons of myrobalans annually, mostly to England.