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Tolu \To*lu"\, n. A fragrant balsam said to have been first brought from Santiago de Tolu, in New Granada. See Balsam of Tolu, under Balsam.

Tolu tree (Bot.), a large tree ( Myroxylon toluiferum), the wood of which is red in the center, and has an aromatic rose odor. It affords the balsam called tolu.


n. The resinous secretion of (taxlink Myroxylon balsamum species noshow=1), used in cough syrups and perfumery.

  1. n. an aromatic balsam

  2. aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups [syn: balsam of tolu, tolu balsam]


Tolú is a small municipality and town in Sucre Department, northern Colombia by the Caribbean sea. The municipality has an area of 500 km². The name of Tolú comes from a tree called the Balsam of Tolú.

Tolú offers ecotourism ideal for diving and rain forest treks.

The fishing town has now become a popular weekend and holiday destination for Colombian tourists, particularly those from Medellín. Activities in the area include day trips to visit the Archipelago de San Bernardo. This is a beautiful collection of pristine Caribbean islands, one of which, Isla Palma contains an impressive Ecological Park. Nearby land attractions include the Volcan de Lodo or Mud volcano of San Antero.

Tolú is a word that comes from the name of the Indians that inhabited the place, called Tolúes.

The municipality of Tolú borders North with San Onofre, East with Toluviejo, South with Coveñas, Palmito and Sincelejo.

Tolu (disambiguation)

Tolú is a small town and municipality in Sucre Department, northern Colombia.

Tolu may also refer to:

  • Tolu, Kentucky, an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Crittenden County
  • Tolu Site, a prehistoric archeological site near the above community
  • Myroxylon or Tolu, a tree in Central and South America
  • Toloo, an Iranian newspaper

Usage examples of "tolu".

Later, with the view of soothing the pain of the cough, and favouring expectoration, mixtures of tolu, with the addition of some opiate, such as the ordinary paregorics, may be advantageously employed.

She had the Scrivano of Tolu aboard her, with eleven men and one woman.

She tolu herself that John Chandler had three noticeably irritating habits.

Cumanagote twice, Maracaibo and Gibraltar twice, Rio de la Hacha five times, Santa Marta three times, Tolu eight times, Porto Bello once, Chagre twice, Panama once, Santa Catalina twice, Granada in Nicaragua twice, Campeache three times, St.