a bitter, bad-smelling Asian gum resin, obtained from various plants (genus Ferula) of the umbel family, formerly used in medicine
Origin of galbanumMiddle English ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek chalban? ; from Classical Hebrew (language) chelbenah
A bitter, aromatic gum resin extracted from a southwest Asian plant (Ferula gummosa syn. F. galbaniflua) in the parsley family, used in incense and in traditional medicine.
Origin of galbanumMiddle English, from Latin, from Greek khalban&emacron;, of Semitic origin; see &xlowdot;lb in Semitic roots.
- A bitter, aromatic resin or gum, extracted from plants of the genus Ferula, that resembles assafoetida and has been used in incense and in aromatherapy
- And the Lord said to Moses: Take unto thee spices, stacte, and onycha, galbanum of sweet savour, and the clearest frankincense, all shall be of equal weight. Exodus 30:34, Douay-Rheims-Challoner translation
From Latin galbanum (“galbanum”), from Ancient Greek χαλβάνη (khalbanē, “galbanum”).