Origin of stacteMiddle English stacten ; from accusative of Classical Latin stacte, oil of myrrh ; from Classical Greek stakt? ; from stazein, to drip: see stagnate
Origin of stacteMiddle English stacten, myrrh resin, from Latin stact&emacron;, from Greek stakt&emacron;, from feminine of staktos, oozing, from stazein, stag-, to ooze.
- One of the sweet spices used by the ancient Jews in preparing incense; possibly an oil or other form of myrrh or cinnamon, or a kind of storax.
- 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
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Latin, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„Î±ÎºÏ„Î® (staktÄ“, “oil of myrrh") from ÏƒÏ„Î±ÎºÏ„ÏŒÏ‚ (staktos, “oozing out in drops").