- the aromatic balsam exuded by liquidambar trees, used in medicine and perfumery
- a fragrant, solid resin obtained from a small, E Mediterranean tree (Styrax officinalis) of the storax family, formerly used as incense
- any of a genus (Styrax) of chiefly tropical trees and shrubs of the storax family, with drooping clusters of showy white flowers
Origin of storaxMiddle English ; from Classical Latin storax, styrax ; from Classical Greek styrax, of Semitic origin, originally , as in Classical Hebrew (language) tsori, terebinth resin
designating a family (Styracaceae, order Ebenales) of widely distributed dicotyledonous trees or shrubs, as the snowbell
- A brownish aromatic resin used in perfume and medicine and obtained from any of several trees of the genus Liquidambar, especially L. orientalis, of Turkey. Also called styrax.
- a. See snowbell.b. An aromatic resin obtained from a Mediterranean species of snowbell. Also called styrax.
Origin of storaxMiddle English, from Latin, alteration of styrax, from Greek sturax, perhaps of Semitic origin; see &saclod;rw in Semitic roots.