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Apricot wood oboe
MFA# 17.1900


A deciduous, fruit bearing tree, Prunus armeniaca, from the rose family. Apricot trees originated in China. A clear, water soluble gum exudes from open cuts in the bark. Apricot gum contains Arabinose, Galactose, Mannose, and Glucuronic acid.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Prunus armeniaca; apricot gum; fruitwood; fruit gum; darian gum; al-burquk (Arab.); praecox (Lat.); meruňka obecná (Ces.); abrikostræet (Dan.); Aprikose (Deut.); albaricoque (Esp.); abricot (Fr.); albicocco (It.); abrikoos (Ned.); aprikos (Nor., Sven.); morela (Pol.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technologies, Paul Nicholson, Ian Shaw (eds.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000 Comment: R. Newman
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998